Are You at Risk?
Anyone, including children, can develop heart disease. It occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in your arteries; causing them to narrow and reducing blood flow to the heart, other organs and extremities.
Having high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes also can increase your risk for heart disease. Ask your doctor about preventing or treating these medical conditions.
- Raised Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol are leading causes for CVDs
The most severe outcomes of CVDs are a Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack) and/or a Cerebrovascular accident (Stroke).
Blood Pressure and Elevated Cholesterol
More than 1 in 5 adults worldwide have raised blood pressure – a condition that causes around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease.
- Complications from hypertension account for 9.4 million deaths worldwide every year.
Globally, one third of ischemic heart disease is attributable to high cholesterol.
- Overall, raised cholesterol is estimated to cause 2.6 million deaths every year.