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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Heart Disease Strikes More Men than Women

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. It has a significant impact on employee productivity and the cost of health care benefits.

Almost 700,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. each year. That is about 29 percent of all deaths.

Thousands more men die from heart disease every year than women, and they die at an earlier age. One in three men can expect to develop some major cardiovascular disease before the age of 60. Both heart disease and stroke are cardiovascular diseases. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, men are 30 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than women, making it the third-leading cause of death in men.

The risk of cardiovascular disease can be reduced by preventing and controlling adverse factors that increase the risk for heart disease and heart attack. Lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight can help control blood pressure and lower heart disease risks.

By getting regular physicals, checking blood pressure regularly and practicing healthy habits, both men and women can reduce their risk of heart disease.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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