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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Preventing Heart Disease & Stroke

Do you know your ABCs?

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in South Carolina. But they don’t have to be.

The major risk factors for heart disease and stroke can be prevented and controlled.

Remember Your ABCS

Aspirin Therapy (if appropriate)

Blood Pressure Control

Cholesterol Control

Smoking Cessation

Aspirin Therapy
Ask your doctor about taking aspirin once a day to help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

Blood Pressure Control
Check your blood pressure regularly. Learn what your numbers mean, and the steps you can take to lower your blood pressure if your numbers are too high.

Cholesterol Control
Get your cholesterol checked. If your numbers are high, talk to your doctor about ways to lower your cholesterol.

Smoking Cessation
If you smoke, quit. Smokers have a 70% greater chance of dying of heart disease than non-smokers. DHEC offers free resources to help South Carolinians kick the habit.

Could You Be 1 in a Million?

ABCS awareness is part of the Million Hearts campaign -- a national initiative launched by the CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in September 2011 to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. over the next five years.

To learn more about the Million Hearts campaign, click here.

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