Why Care Now?

More than 7 million people die from coronary disease every year, according to the Center for Disease Control Web site. It is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States; young people are not immune (sorry for the bad news).

"Use of cholesterol and blood pressure medicines by young adults appears to be rising rapidly -- at a faster pace than among senior citizens," said Lorie Strange, communications director for the Greater Southeast Affiliate for the American Heart/Stroke Association. "Experts point to higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol problems among young people."

New data from prescription benefit mangager Medco Health Solutions, Inc., indicates use of cholesterol-lowering drugs among young people aged 20 to 44, while still fairly low, jumped 68 percent over a six-year period, Strange revealed. The increase means about 4.2 million young Americans are now taking cholesterol medicines, and about 8.5 million young Americans are taking drugs to lower their blood pressure.

How Can This Web Site Help My Heart?

This Web site was designed by a 20-something for 20-somethings. The goal of the site is to inform, teach and persuade you to take control of heart health today because it will affect your future. The Future

Our grandparents and parents were not privy to the information we have today about health and medicine. Doctors and scientists have worked tirelessly over the past few decades to pinpoint causes of heart disease and find ways to reduce our risks. Don't put these intelligent professionals out of thier jobs, look at the information compiled here and take it to heart (no pun intended).