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February 15, 2013

10 Things to Know About Heart Disease (Spanish & English)

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

While many LGBT older people engage in health behaviors that promote good health, research also shows that many LGBT older people engage disproportionately in behaviors that put them at risk, such as smoking, excessive drinking and non-prescribed drug use (which put you at increased risk for heart disease). In addition, many LGBT elders delay care out of fear of discrimination from health providers, which means that illnesses go undetected until crisis hits.

To educate our communities about heart health, SAGE created facts sheets in both Spanish and English.

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Read the 10 Things Every LGBT Older Adult Should Know About Heart Disease Leer 10 Cosas Que Todas Las Personas LGBT de Más Edad Deben Saber sobre Las Enfermedades del Corazón

 

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