Heart Disease Does Not Discriminate

Posted: February 24, 2013 at 4:44 a.m.

Judy Bailey, left, and Paula Fettig, both members of the Hoot ’N Holler Cloggers, a dance group based in Bella Vista, smile Saturday while performing during the Day of Dance at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville. The event was organized by Washington Regional Medical Center to raise awareness of the importance of heart health and featured several local dance groups.

Tregg Brown likes to run and he works out six to seven days a week. He eats healthy, is in good physical condition and suffers from heart disease.

At A Glance

What Is Heart Disease?

February is American Heart Month.

Heart disease — also called cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease — is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat — or arrhythmia — and heart valve problems.

Source: American Heart Association

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