In the United States, cardiovascular disease is the most common killer. That is why doctors say it is so important to known your risk factors.
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Question: How prevalent is cardiovascular disease? Dr. Amy Epps: As everyone probably knows now, I mean, it's the most common killer in the United States. Cardiovascular disease out ways the next five or six common causes of death, when you add them all together, and compare that with the number of deaths in cardiovascular disease. So I mean, it's rampant. And it will make an headway by really recognizing risk factors, getting physicians to pay attention to more atypical symptom in their patients, and trying to get out, they are even with media and news and all of that to try to promote awareness, and I think that is making a difference in lowering those numbers of deaths from cardiac disease, but it's still a very, very, very common problem. The good news is, if you can find your risk factors, be aware of that and do things to prevent either the development of risk factors or the worsening of some of your risk factors, you can really prevent yourself from having those heart disease, and you really can prevent. Even if every member of your family had a heart attack by age 50, you don't have to be that same person. You can stop the disease process and its tracks even if you already have that underline disease. It just takes awareness and then good diet, modification, and some type of exercise. It doesn't mean you have to run marathons or be a triathlete, but some type of regular exercise. And then a lot of people will need medication as well, but you can really prevent yourself from having problems in the future, if you're at high risk.