Nebraska Office of Men's Health

Heart Disease  

from the Centers for Disease Control & the American Heart Association

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men.

  • As early as age 45, a man's risk of heart disease begins to rise significantly.

  • The average age of a first heart attack for men is 66 years.
    Heart Association Risk Assessment

  • 321,973 U.S. men died of heart disease in 2004.  

  • About 8.9% of all white men, 7.4% of black men, and 5.6% of Mexican American men live with coronary heart disease.

  • African American men, aged 35 to 44 years, are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease as white men, despite recent declines in heart disease in the general population.

  • Almost half of men who have a heart attack under age 65 die within 8 years.

  • Researchers have made great progress in understanding heart disease and its risk factors, but they still cannot predict who will get it.

  • High Cholesterol, Diabetes, and High Blood pressure can damage your heart. Getting treatment  now can reduce your risk of heart disease.

  • Other Healthy Lifestyle Choices Include:
    - Don't smoke or use other tobacco products.
    - Eat a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat foods.
    - Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

The following fact sheets from the American Heart Association provide information for managing your risk factors.

pdf file Smoking
pdf file Cholesterol
pdf file High Blood Pressure
pdf file Diet and Nutrition

CDC - Physical Activity and Weight Management        

Contact Information:
Nebraska Office of Women’s Health
PO Box 94817
Lincoln, NE 68509-4817
Toll-free 877-257-0073 

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