Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death for both men and women in the US. It's estimated that more than 80 million people suffer or die from cardiovascular problems including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure.
There are a number of risk factors that cause cardiovascular disease ranging from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, and physical inactivity. As a result, lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels have shown to decrease the chances of fatal heart attacks.
The vast numbers of patients with cardiovascular disease has led to the creation of new drugs and the exploration of treatments. Lifestyle choices such as a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and an increase in physical activity are important aspects of the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
There are also specific drugs, drug delivery methods and medical technologies that have transformed the way cardiovascular disease is treated and prevented. Click here to learn more about one example of our work in this area.