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"Heart disease" is a term used to describe a few different heart conditions. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been increasing among Natives. CVD has been a leading cause of death among Natives over the last 50 years.
Heart disease causes about 659,000 deaths in the United States each year - that is equal to about 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease can be "silent" and undiagnosed until a person experiences serious signs and symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or arrhythmia. Symptoms of these serious conditions may include:
GPTLHB’s Great Plains Good Health and Wellness (GPGHW) program use evidence-informed, culturally rooted health promotion and disease prevention initiatives to help Great Plains area tribes combat obesity, commercial tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.