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Are You Ready For Heart Health Month?

From half-marathons to innumerable health fairs to buildings awash in red light, February is the time for heightened awareness of  heart health, and rightfully so.

While the death rate from heart disease fell 39% between 2001 and 2011, heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death in the U.S. For women in particular, heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to data from the 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.

The Update lends insight into how much more must be done to address America’s heart problems. One in every three deaths, or nearly 787,000 people, was caused by heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. About 85.6 million Americans live with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke total more than $320.1 billion annually, including health expenditures and lost productivity.
Heart disease prevention is key, according to the American College of Cardiology. The American Heart Association promotes “life’s Simple 7” health factors and behaviors that can drastically reduce risk of developing heart disease, which include not smoking, staying active, eating healthy, maintaining a healthy body weight, and controlling cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Along with proper screening and treatment for heart disease, these steps can help reduce the devastating impact that heart disease has on public health in the United States and around the world.
Messages need to be strong, repeated, and reinforced to make the changes necessary to keep moving forward. Smoking is an example where enormous progress has been made but more must be done. Worldwide, tobacco smoking (including secondhand smoke) is one of the top three leading risk factors for disease, contributing to an estimated 6.2 million deaths in 2010. And yet estimates are that 16% students grades 9-12 report are smokers, while 20% of adult men and 16% of women continue to smoke.

Cholesterol is another area where steady improvements have been made but much more is necessary to impact health. According to the 2015 Update, too many people have issues with the serum cholesterol levels. About 43%have total cholesterol higher of 200 mg/dl, while 13% has levels about 240 mg/dl. Nearly one of every three Americans has high levels of LDL cholesterol.

Regarding hypertension, 80 million U.S. adults, or 33%, suffer from high blood pressure. About 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% who have a first stroke, and 74% who have congestive heart failure have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg, according to the American Heart Association.

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