Time to Take Heart!

According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 600,000 Americans die each year from heart disease—the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. That is approximately 1 in 4 deaths. It is time we take heart health seriously.

In addition, more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. Almost one-third of these heart attacks occur in people who previously had one. The facts are pretty clear: Nearly half of us will encounter cardiovascular disease during our lifetimes. Coronary heart disease costs the United States nearly $110 billion annually.

Before the 20th century, very few people died from heart disease. Although the age of automation has made our lives much easier, it has made us much more prone to heart disease. Many of us no longer perform manual labor. Instead, we rely on cars as our main source of transportation. Further, we rely on appliances to do almost every household task. Coupled with diets based largely on processed ingredients, and packed with sugar and the introduction of trans fats, the incidence of heart disease skyrocketed so quickly that between 1940 and 1967, the World Health Organization called it the world’s most serious epidemic.

Most healthcare professionals agree that prevention is the best way to fight heart disease. Though you can’t do much to change your genetic risk for heart disease, you can control other risk factors such as sedentary behavior, stress, diet, and smoking.

February is designated at heart health month. We have compiled a set of editorial information concerning heart health on a special page to help support heart health education. Simply click on the “healthy heart” icon on nsnew.wpengine.com and you will find this information. We have also linked several heart-healthy recipes to these web pages.

Many experts agree that you can not only prevent heart disease, but also reverse it by living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Take steps today to modify your diet, increase your exercise (all it takes is 30 minutes per day), and reduce stress. Let’s work together to reduce America’s No. 1 killer!

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