Heart failure is a leading cause of death in the U.S.
Heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack, stroke and heart failure, continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, the American College of Cardiology predicts that in 2019 about 1,055,000 people will have coronary events, and the CDC estimates heart disease will kill an estimated 610,000 Americans in the same timeframe.
The three biggest risk factors
Nearly half of all Americans have at least one of the following three risk factors that play a role in heart disease:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
The CDC also names diabetes, obesity, an unhealthy diet, inactivity, tobacco use and consuming too much alcohol as controllable or treatable lifestyle factors that determine our risk of developing cardiac disease, which is another word for heart disease.
Step up healthy habits to stop disease.
Prevention is the best defense when it comes to stopping the heart disease epidemic. The CDC recommends adopting habits like:
- Consuming a healthy diet
- Exercising the recommended amount—150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity
- Not smoking or using other forms of tobacco
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Controlling alcohol use
- Managing diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol through medication and lifestyle changes
- Regular check-ups with your physician, particularly if you suffer from the above diseases
It’s important to keep in touch with your physician about the latest medications and treatment options for your specific health history. It could prevent you from further risk. Make an appointment today to see how you can improve your heart health.
Sherwood A. Moore, Sr., MBA, RCIS, ACVP, is the Cardiovascular Administrator for Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. In this role he oversees both the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Departments, the Chest Pain Center at CRH, and Peripheral Vascular and Neurodiagnostic Services. As a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist, he also worked to develop the interventional program, and the patient care team that provides cardiac care in the Cath Lab.