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What you should know about Cardiovascular Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008, over 616,000 people died of heart disease.

Heart disease caused almost 25% of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2008 were in men. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. In 2008, 405,309 people died from coronary heart disease. Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more coronary attacks have another attack. In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion.  This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

New research has proven that a person may have normal cholesterol and blood fat levels but may still be a risk. Would you like to know if you are at risk?  There is a highly specialized blood test that is the only blood test cleared by the FDA to aid in assessing the risk for both coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke associated with arteriosclerosis. All it requires is a simple blood draw. We can give you a better understanding for your risk at developing a stroke or heart attack after a blood draw is done. Please call us today to learn more about how you can be educated on your own cardiovascular health.


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