February 1, 2017
Each year, heart disease accounts for more than 15,000 deaths in Missouri making it the leading cause of death in the state.
The term heart disease includes several more specific heart conditions (see chart below).
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.
Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.
To lower your risk:
- Watch your weight
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
- Get active and eat healthy
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
Visit the Adair County Health Department
- Get a free and accurate blood pressure reading
- Use our lab service to get your cholesterol levels
You can also visit the American Heart Association website for more information on Heart Health.