Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., but a senior cardiac researcher says it doesn't have to be.
Dr. William Castelli passed along this information to East Texas cardiologists at Trinity Mother Frances Thursday. He's worked for 37 years in the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts.
The study followed generations of families in the town of Framingham for 54 years. Through Dr. Castelli's research, he was able to identify the common factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
"You have a very high heart attack rate here and you can go to any town in East Texas thanks to the people of Framingham mass and measure a few numbers on those people's bodies and identify the people who are going to get heart attack or a stroke," says Dr. William Castelli.