ACC President Issues Statement on President George W. Bush's Heart Procedure

A high profile case like that of former President George W. Bush, whose physicians found blockage in an artery during a routine physical, should serve as a reminder for people to make sure they are familiar with their personal risk factors for heart disease, said American College of Cardiology President John Harold.

Risk Factors for heart disease include smoking, a family history of early heart disease, untreated high cholesterol, poorly controlled high blood pressure and diabetes. The American College of Cardiology encourages people to discuss these risks with their doctor.

“Every person should know their own situation and know that there are things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease,” Harold said. “The earlier you begin, the more likely it is to make a difference.”

President Bush, 67, underwent a procedure Tuesday in Dallas to have a stent placed in a heart artery.

For more information on coronary artery disease and management of risk factors, visit CardioSmart.org .

Clinical Topics: Clinical Topic Collection: Dyslipidemia, Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, Prevention, Lipid Metabolism, Nonstatins, Interventions and Coronary Artery Disease, Hypertension, Smoking

Keywords: Heart Diseases, Cholesterol, Coronary Artery Disease, Risk Factors, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Smoking, United States, Stents


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