Bush’s Heart Condition is Reminder to Know Risk Factors

Contact: Beth Casteel, bcateel@acc.org, 202-375-6275

WASHINGTON (Aug. 6, 2013) — 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, visit CardioSmart.org for information on coronary artery disease and management of risk factors: https://www.cardiosmart.org/Heart-Conditions/Coronary-Artery-Disease.

The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 43,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards, and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit cardiosource.org/ACC.


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