According to the California Department of Health, cardiovascular disease claims more California lives than any other condition. The risk of cardiovascular disease increases three-fold with each advancing decade. Women are at a higher risk after age 55, while men are at a greater risk after age 45. According to the American Heart Association, about 66 percent of cardiovascular deaths occur in people age 75 and older.
Many people can prevent or minimize heart problems by making healthier choices and better managing their existing health conditions. There are many factors to keep in mind — including stress — when it comes to heart care and lowering risk factors.