Whether your Father’s Day tradition is taking in a ballgame, hitting the links or firing up the grill, the most important part is spending time with your dad.
But in Oklahoma and across the country, one illness is taking fathers away from their families prematurely and at an alarming rate: heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S., killing one in every four males. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of sudden cardiac events occur in men, and half of the men who die suddenly of coronary disease have no previous symptoms.
“The good news is, if you’re a father — or the spouse, sibling, friend or child of a father — there are straightforward steps that can lower heart disease risk significantly,” said Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Dr….