Heart disease may not be a major cause of death among children and teenagers, but it is the largest cause of death among adults in the United States. In fact, about 600,000 people die of heart disease each year, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women.
An adult's health and lifestyle choices are often a continuum of habits that are formed earlier in life. For this reason, it's important to teach children how to live a healthy life at an early age, forming positive habits that they will carry on through adulthood.
Researchers have determined certain risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Most of these risk factors can be controlled, starting from an early age. By teaching healthy habits in childhood, a child's risk of developing heart disease later as an adult can be drastically lowered!
Children and teens can lower their risk of developing heart disease by:
- Maintaining healthy blood pressure
- Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
- Not smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Staying physically active
It's important to note that although many risk factors are controllable, there are some cases that require further medical attention. Hereditary diseases, illnesses and congenital heart defects may require treatment and/or medication. Our Cardiovascular team of professionals offer a variety of services and educational programs to help.
Regardless of your age, you can lower your risk of heart attack or stroke by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It's never too late - nor too early - to start!