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        HEART DISEASE                                                 •   Heart palpitations
        Heart disease is a common term for coronary artery            •   Weakness or fatigue
        disease. It is the number one cause of death in both
        men and women over the age of 60 in the United States.    Call your doctor if you begin to have new symptoms or
                                                                  if they become more frequent or severe.
        Heart disease is caused by atherosclerosis—a buildup of   Treatment
        plaque in the inner walls of the arteries—which           The goals of treatment for heart disease are to relieve
        narrows, slows or blocks the flow of blood to the heart.   symptoms, control or reduce risk factors, stop or slow
                                                                  further damage to the arteries, and prevent and treat
        Risk Factors                                              cardiac events. Treatment includes several options:
        Controllable risk factors for heart disease include the
        following:                                                    •   Self-care and prevention

            •  High blood pressure                                    •   Medications
                                                                      •   Procedures to open blocked or narrowed
            •  High LDL cholesterol
                                                                         arteries or to bypass them
            •  Type 2 diabetes
                                                                      •   Cardiac rehabilitation
            •  Smoking
                                                                  Self-care and Prevention
            •  Being overweight or obese                          You can follow a healthy lifestyle to help prevent heart
            •  Lack of physical activity
                                                                      •  Get regular medical check-ups.
            •  Using illegal drugs, such as cocaine
                                                                      •  Don’t smoke.
        Warning Signs
        The symptoms you experience depend on the type and            •  Maintain a healthy weight.
        severity of your heart condition. Common signs and
        symptoms of heart disease include the following:

            •  Shortness of breath

            •  Dizziness

            •  Chest pain or discomfort

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