In 2016, there were four hundred fifteen thousand preventable deaths from heart disease and/or strokes in this country.
Along with that, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes, caused
2.2 million preventable hospitalizations
But the report doesn’t end there.
In addition, these incidents cost us, you and me, 32.7 BILLION Dollars.
We may not like to hear this news, we may not want to think about how it relates to us, but every single day, more than one thousand people die from heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and other related conditions
Here’s what hurts:
➡ Among adults ages 35-64, there were more than 775,000 hospitalizations and 75,000 deaths. And, the great majority of these events could have been prevented if the patients had adopted the daily actions necessary to help lower their risk and manage any existing medical conditions. The death rate increased with age.
You can change these statistics, you know. In fact, you can prevent becoming a statistic yourself.
The CDC noted that if these cardiac events are even just reduced by 6%, one million of them could be prevented by 2022. This is known as the Million Hearts initiative.
Dr. Janet Wright, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist and executive director of the CDC’s Million Hearts initiative has this to say:
“The solution for this national crisis does not depend on a brilliant new discovery or a breakthrough in science. The solution already lies deep within every person, community, and healthcare setting across America. Small changes — the right changes, sustained over time — can produce huge improvements in cardiovascular health.”
The report noted specific steps that were not being taken by the study participants:
➡ 9 million American adults are not yet taking aspirin as recommended
➡ 40 million adults with high blood pressure aren’t under safe control
➡ 39 million can be helped by managing cholesterol
➡ In addition, 54 million adults are smokers — most of which “want” to kick the habit.
➡ And 71 million adults aren’t physically active.
As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO): Lack of exercise puts 1.4 Billion adults at higher risk of heart disease
And, as of September 5th of this year:
➡ A worldwide study found that more than a quarter of the world’s adult population — 1.4 billion people — are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease because of insufficient exercise.
“Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health,” lead author, Dr. Regina Guthold of the WHO said in a press release.
The recommended exercise is at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week.
While these are sobering statistics, no one likes bad news. The point is that the opportunities for living healthier lives are so many, and the choices of just how to do that are almost too many to count. But it starts with you.
For my part, I’d rather have you as a friend than a statistic, so please, don’t ignore this worldwide study, and don’t choose to make yourself a casualty.
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