Heart Health Awareness

You have a lot riding on you. From the responsibilities you carry, to those you care for—who love and depend on you each day.

You can relax, though—because PacMed cardiologists are here to care for your heart.

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 2,300 fatalities each day. More than 30 million people are diagnosed with heart disease, or 12% of our adult population.

That’s why PacMed doctors monitor the trends and listen to you, in order to provide the care you need to keep showing up to everything else in your life.

Visit us to see our cardiology physicians, our state-of-the-art nuclear cardiology lab, noninvasive diagnostics and more.

We want you at the top of your game—whether it’s family, job, fun or other health concerns you’re juggling—you need your heart functioning well at the center of things.

Read below for risk factors, statistics and tips from our Top Doctors:

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women.

  • High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (47%) have at least one of these three risk factors.
  • More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. That’s one in every four deaths in this country.
  • Heart disease can happen at any age, but the risk goes up as you age.
  • Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.
  • Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these,
    1. 605,000 are a first heart attack
    2. 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack
    3. About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.

African Americans have a higher risk—for heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure—than for other racial or ethnic groups. According to the American Heart Association, African Americans ages 35-64 are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure. Hispanic women also have a heightened risk for these cardiovascular related health concerns.

Tips for getting the best cardiology care:

Download our printable Heart Health wallet card and record your numbers.

Download the American Heart Association flyer: What About African Americans and High Blood Pressure.

PacMed offers cardiology appointments in neighborhoods around Puget Sound—including Canyon Park, First Hill, Renton, Northgate, Beacon Hill, Totem Lake, Federal Way and via telemedicine in Puyallup.