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Officials encourage residents to assess heart disease risk

Feb. 14, 2019 - Oak Park public health officials are encouraging residents to assess their risk for heart disease as part of American Hearth Month this February.

According to the CDC, one out of every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease. The Oak Park River Forest Community Health Plan indicates Oak Park’s heart disease mortality rate of 219.4 deaths per 100,000 exceeds the severe benchmark of 203.2 deaths per 100,000.

Given these realities, officials say knowing the warning signs for heart disease can be vital for survival.

Everyone is at risk for heart disease, but individuals are at higher risk for heart disease if they have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, smoke, are overweight or obese, don’t get enough physical activity or don’t eat a healthy diet.

To prevent heart disease, you can:

  • Eat healthy
  • Get active
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Manage stress

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults age 40 and older get their blood pressure checked once a year. Adults age 18 to 40 are encouraged to have their blood pressure checked every three to five years.

Free health screenings are among the activities offered at the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce's upcoming Health & Wellness Fair on March 10. Click here to register for the free event. Health screenings are also offered by local hospitals and medical clinics.

For additional resources about preventing heart disease, follow the links below or contact the Village’s Department of Public Health at or 708.358.5480.

Heat disease prevention resources: