Taking Every Opportunity to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

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Mitch Levine


In North America, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women; accounting for approximately 1 in every 4 deaths1,2. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease and two of the key risk factors for CHD are hypertension and diabetes. After smoking cessation programs, the detection and management of hypertension, and of diabetes, may be the next most important interventions that physicians can offer to reduce the risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
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1. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease statistics and maps. http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm Accessed August 27, 2015.

2. Heart and Stroke Foundation. Statistics. http://www.heartandstroke.on.ca/site/c.pvI3IeNWJwE/b.3581729/k.359A/Statistics.htm#heartdisease Accessed August 27, 2015.