Cardiovascular Disease Is Number One Killer In Georgia
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Georgia, accounting for one-third of deaths in the state.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) wants you to know about ways you can lessen the affects of this disease. CVD includes all diseases of the heart and blood vessels including heart disease caused by reduced blood supply to the heart; stroke; congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's other organs; hypertension or high blood pressure; and atherosclerosis or hardening and narrowing of the arteries. DHR has several initiatives that address CVD, including the Cardiovascular Health Initiative (CVHI), which is part of a national effort funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CVD), to address heart disease and stroke prevention. CVHI in collaboration with other prevention programs works to increase awareness about the importance of being physically active, not using tobacco, eating healthy, and having regular checks-ups in lessening one