Chapter Five. Cardiovascular Health. Cardiovascular Disease. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a disease of the heart and blood vessels Affects 80 million Americans CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States CVD claims one life every 37 seconds—about 2400 Americans every day
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Major CVD Risk Factors That Can Be Changed
Major Risk Factors That Can Not Be Changed
Multiple genes contribute to CVD risk
CVD risk goes up with age
Men face a higher risk, especially earlier in life
African Americans have higher rates of hypertension and stroke