Heart disease remains the leading cause of
death in the US, but watching for 5 preventable risk factors may help give your heart a chance.
I’m Rachelle Grossman with your latest health news. A new study found that: elevated cholesterol,
diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and smoking accounted for almost half of all heart disease
deaths between 2009 and 2010. Researchers looked at more than a half-million patients
and found that most – had at least one modifiable risk factor. Other factors like family history,
ethnicity and age, cannot be changed. According to the study team, if all 5 risk factors were
eliminated, about half of the heart disease deaths between 2009 and 2010 could have been
prevented. Study authors added that policies to help curb risks also help like: tobacco
taxation, smoke-free areas, and environments that promote physical activity.