Why should you be concerned about your heart health?
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? That’s right, the leading cause of death. Luckily, heart disease is also one of the most preventable diseases. By making healthy choices throughout your life you can decrease your chances of developing heart disease.
Prevention starts with education. Becoming educated on statistics of heart disease and how to make healthier choices can be the first step towards a heart healthy lifestyle. Here are some U.S. statistics from The Heart Foundation, to help you get started on your journey to prevention:
- Heart Disease, Stroke, and other Cardiovascular Diseases, are all the number one cause of death in the U.S. alone. In fact, in 2011 these diseases took 787,000 lives.
- Every minute someone in the U.S. dies from a heart attack and every 34 seconds someone in the U.S. will have a heart attack.
- Cardiovascular diseases cause more deaths than all forms of cancer combined.
- Heart disease related costs total more than $320.1 billion dollars – a pretty risky expense.
- Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in African Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians. They are second leading cause of death for Asian Americans, the first being cancer.
By learning about heart health and its important statistics you are on your way to living a healthier lifestyle and preventing these diseases. Now that you’ve begun educating yourself on heart health begin implementing this into your life. Take a trip to the doctors. Exercise regularly. Have a well-balanced diet. And try to be more aware of making healthier choices because prevention is key.