Although the rate of cardiovascular or heart disease has been decreasing, it remains far too common of a diagnosis, and it is still the leading cause of death for those over the age of 55.  The American Heart Association recommends that everyone over the age of 20 get regular screenings.  You should know your numbers for cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and body mass index, as well as be aware of any other factors which put you at risk for heart attack or stroke. 

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