McKevitt Promotes Cardiovascular Health

September 28, 2007

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) is encouraging residents to become educated on Cardiovascular Disease and what you can do to prevent it and live a healthy life.

Cardiovascular Disease attacks both your heart (cardio) and blood vessels (vascular). The most popular forms include: Coronary heart disease, which includes complications such as chest pain and/or heart attack; Atherosclerosis, in which the walls of arteries become thick and stiff due to accumulation of fatty deposits; High blood pressure, an excessive force of blood pumping through the blood vessels; and, finally, Stroke, a sudden loss of brain function due to obstruction or complete blockage of blood flow to the brain.

“With the growing concerns and warnings for our health today, the best thing that we can all do is to be aware of the health risks that surround us and to understand how we can prevent them,” McKevitt stated. Individuals should have their cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels tested to monitor risk for Cardiovascular Disease. The fight against CVD doesn’t have to be a hard one. With simple lifestyle changes including no smoking, managing your weight, physical activity, and proper nutrition you can win against CVD.

Drug treatments are available to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol in individuals at high risk for CVD and should be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes.

“Many men and women may not realize the severity of Cardiovascular Disease and that it is the lead killer of men and women in the United States today,” said McKevitt. CVD accounts for 36 percent of all deaths annually. Alone, heart disease and stroke accounted for 40 percent of all US deaths in 2002 for adults aged 65 or older. Cardiovascular Disease affects nearly half of all non-Hispanic black adults. Among this group, 44.6 percent of men and 49 percent of women have some form of CVD.

“It is important for the safety of our lives and for the people that we love to get checked by a health care professional. I encourage everyone to go out and get your check up today.”