Happy February, and happy American Heart Month! As you can imagine, this is our favorite time of year – roses, chocolates, and all the facts on heart disease, heart health, and prevention. There are so many exciting things happening this month I don’t even know where to start, so how about we start at the beginning, with the facts.
Heart Disease Statistics
Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. In the U.S. alone, over 600,000 people die from heart disease every year! That’s one in four deaths!
Every year, there are roughly 715,000 American who have a heart attack, and 15% of those individuals will pass away as a direct result from that heart attack.
Heart disease doesn’t discriminate, and whether you are white, black, Asian, Hispanic, or anything in between, your odds for getting heart disease are nearly identical.
More women than men have died from heart disease each year for the past 30 years, and women are more likely than men to diet after their first heart attack. Heart disease is not a man’s disease – if we look at the numbers, heart disease is actually a women’s disease.
The Southeast collectively has the highest cardiovascular death in the United States.
Heart disease costs Americans $313 billion! According to Healthline, 3.7 million people go to the hospital each year for heart disease. They will stay for an average of 4.6 days.
The American Heart Association spends about $135 million on cardiovascular disease and stroke research each year.
Heart Disease Risk Factors
High Blood Pressure: ¾ of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.
High Cholesterol: people with high cholesterol are two-times more likely to develop heart disease.
Diabetes: people with diabetes are two-times as likely to develop heart disease.
Depression: people with depression are 25 – 40% more likely to die from heart disease.
Obesity: coronary heart disease is present 10-times more often in people who are obese.
Smoking: people who smoke are two to four times as likely to develop heart disease.
Diet: people with a high diet in saturated fat are 30% more likely to develop heart disease.
Exercise: people who don’t exercise are 50% more likely to develop heart disease.
Alcohol: people who binge drink or drink heavily are two times more likely to have a fatal heart attack.
Heart Disease Prevention
Quite Smoking today!
Eat a healthier diet that includes more fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, omega-3 fatty acids, and more dark chocolate.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Even a brisk walk around the block can lower your risk factors for heart disease.
Limit stress in your life by meditating, laughing more, spending more time with friends and family, getting enough sleep and seeking out counseling.
Drink less alcohol. You don’t have to quit all together, but limit your alcohol intake to just 1 drink a day (12 oz beer, 4 oz win, 1.5 oz spirits).
Control your blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and weight.
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