The Ohio Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke 2008-2012 was designed to educate individuals, doctors and community organizations about heart health, said Barbara Pryor, director of ODH's heart disease and stroke prevention program.
In past years, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Ohio, Pryor
Part of the plan is to educate individuals about the risk factors of heart disease, she
"It's important that people recognize the role of family history," she
"If your relatives had high cholesterol, strokes or heart attacks, that is an indication that you should pay attention to those things yourself."
Other risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, high cholesterol or low fruit and vegetable consumption.
More than 75 percent of Ohio adults have at least one of these risk factors, Pryor