Get Healthy 502- Heart Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. Despite efforts to diagnose and treat heart disease early, many Americans are unaware of their risk. Are you one of them?

Studies show that uncontrolled high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart disease for all people. African Americans have the highest rate of high blood pressure compared with other groups. It’s silent problem because often people feel no symptoms when their blood pressure. 

Blood pressure is one of 8 links that can make you more at risk of developing heart disease

You can work toward having a healthy heart today. Get Started:

  • Visit to learn more about each link. You can find out. How many links you have may have to heart disease?
  • Know your numbers and check them regularly. Schedule a visit with your primary care provider or a Norton Prompt Care at Walgreens to have them check your blood pressure, glucose, weight and cholesterol so you can take action– today — if needed. 

High blood pressure

Untreated high blood pressure strains the arteries allows cholesterol to build up.


Blood glucose levels that remain high over time damage blood vessels. 

Family history

This is the link that puts you most at risk. And, you can’t change it.

High BMI

Obesity can bring diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep trouble.

Sleep disorders

A bad night’s sleep puts a wide range of stresses on the heart


The smoke has chemicals that accelerate the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. 

Unhealthy cholesterol

The buildup in your arteries doesn’t go away, even if you improve your numbers.

Unmanaged stress

The heart can be very sensitive to adrenaline over time and lead to a heart attack.