With February’s American Heart Month Celebration, we should all be reminded, the alarming facts regarding heart disease and its overall impact in our general health.
Heart disease (including Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Stroke) remains to be the No. 1 cause of death of both men and women, accounting for 1 in 7 deaths in the United States, killing over 360,000 people a year.
These are just one of the commonly cited statistics from the recent Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Report under the American Heart Association’s research program, with health statistics data compiled yearly by the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and other government sources.
More Americans die of heart disease than any types of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined. It affects the old and young people, and is a result of genetics, lifestyle choices, and several medical conditions like diabetes, and obesity. Estimated direct and indirect cost of heart disease in 2012 to 2013 (average annual) was $199.6 billion.
Included in the report, is the summary of Evidence-Based Population Approaches for improving diet, increasing physical activity, and reducing Tobacco use:
Tackled on the same report, were the 7 key factors and behaviors that contributes to the risk of heart disease and stroke, referred to as the Life’s Simple 7, aims to improve the cardiovascular well-being of all Americans by 20 percent and lessen deaths from heart diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020. Life’s Simple 7 pertains about not-smoking, physical activity, healthy diet, body weight, and control of cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.
Therefore, healthy choice, knowing your family’s health history and the risk factors of heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are just one of the vital principles everyone must imbue to combat heart disease.