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How common is heart disease?

by | Apr 8, 2020 | Social Security Disability |

If you’re suffering from heart disease, you know how difficult it can be. It may make it impossible for you to work, leading to an exploration of your Social Security Disability (SSD) options. It may make you consider your diet and other lifestyle changes you can make. It may mean that you’re on medication. This is a very serious condition.

It’s also a very common one, so you should know that you are not alone. For instance, someone suffers a heart attack in the United States every 40 seconds. Many of these people survive, but this still shows just how common these issues and complications are.

You may be wondering what types of things increase your risk of heart disease or contribute to the disease that you already have. To some degree, you do need to start with genetic factors. Some people are simply more likely to have it than others, and that’s one of the reasons that it is so important to know as much as you can about your family’s medical history. Other things that play a role include:

  • Having an unhealthy diet
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having diabetes
  • Using alcohol excessively
  • Not getting enough physical activity

As you can see, there are steps you can take to combat this disorder, and you want to talk with your doctor about the best options for you. Even so, especially with the issue of genetic traits, you may not be able to completely eliminate your risks nor control your condition. It is important to know what legal options you have if you want to look into SSD benefits.