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Signs, prevention for stroke, heart disease

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Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health.

Heart disease and stroke are among the nation’s top causes of death and disability. Although, one disease affects the heart, and one affects the brain, these conditions actually have a lot in common.

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, account for more than one-third of all deaths in the United States, and disability in nearly 3 million people annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You begin to worry about health concerns later in life: In 2006, of the approximately 800,000 Americans who died of cardiovascular diseases, 151,000 were younger than age 65.

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