February is Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and is a major cause of disability. About 630,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year – that’s one in every four deaths. And every year, about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Cardiovascular diseases claimed 630,000 lives in 2016 – 25 percent of all deaths in the U.S.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
- Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 366,000 people annually.
- Heart disease costs the United States about $200 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity.
Some conditions, as well as some lifestyle factors, can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. All persons can take steps to lower their risk of heart disease and heart attack by addressing the following risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes mellitus
- Tobacco use
- Physical inactivity
Treatment and Prevention
Fortunately, most people can treat heart disease with proper diet and lifestyle changes:
- Early prevention: Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly. Your doctor can provide suggestions to help you manage your health.
- Regular exercise: Even mild to moderate physical activity can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Proper diet: A healthy diet can lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels. Eat a high-fiber, low-sodium and low-fat diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts and contains reduced amounts of red meat and eggs.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation: Adults should consume no more than one to two alcoholic drinks a day to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Quit smoking: Tobacco use has been proven to be a major contributing factor of cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that smokers’ risk of heart attacks is more than twice the risk for non-smokers.
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