article Headaches, migraines, joint pain, and even strokes are not just about your joints.
The condition affects nearly one in five Americans, and its consequences can be life-threatening.
It’s also not just the people with the condition who suffer.
The heart disease and stroke association’s latest report on the condition, Heart Attack: A Statistical Profile of the Emerging and New Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus, highlights some of the many ways the virus is making our bodies vulnerable to heart disease.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and has been for a long time,” said Dr. Michael L. Kesselheim, the chair of the association’s prevention and control committee and a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Chicago.
“We need to think of the heart as a vehicle for the virus, and we need to recognize the dangers that it poses to our bodies and our society.”
The American Heart Assn.
is urging people to take steps to prevent heart disease, including limiting exposure to humid air, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding exposure to people who have heart conditions, and avoiding contact with people who are at risk for heart disease such as people with diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.
“Dip and gum disease are the two most common types of dental problems in adults,” said Kesselheiser.
“These are serious and preventable conditions that need attention.”
“It’s important that we talk to your dentist, your dentist needs to take action, and your dentist should be proactive in talking to you about all of the different health risks that are associated with these conditions,” he added.