Experts Say Cardiovascular Disease Affects 1 in 3 Americans

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The recent heart attack of Bob Harper, a celebrity trainer and host of the NBC show “The Biggest Loser,” is a reminder that heart problems can affect anyone.


Cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States, according to a new study by the American Heart Association.


Heart disease doesn't just impact smokers and people who are overweight. As in Bob Harper’s case, heart attacks can also happen to those who maintain a healthy lifestyle.


"One advice is for you to go to your doctor. Even if you're 30-years-old, and make sure you have your blood pressure checked because blood pressure is one of those contributing factors to cardiovascular disease that some people just ignore," said Dr. Juan Taveras, a cardiologist with Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare.


Dr. Taveras says exercising three times a week and going to see your doctor for regular checkups does however significantly decrease your changes of having cardiovascular disease.     


He adds that it’s also important to know the symptoms and see your doctor if you experience any of the following: “Fatigue, shortness of breath, pain in your chest, sometimes it doesn't have to be the classical symptoms that the books say that you have in terms of having a tightness or heaviness in your chest, but you may just have pain in your left arm."

Experts highly suggest everyone have their cholesterol checked at least once a year.

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