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Will You Be A Heart Disease Victim?

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When it comes to serious health concerns, heart disease should be at the top of your list. The No. 1 cause of death of in the U.S., this epidemic kills an American every 40 seconds. Are you doing everything you can to stay safe?

According to this year’s statistics published by the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 780,000 people in the U.S. die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases every year.

The numbers show that:

  • Deaths from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular difficulties represent about one of every three deaths in America.
  • About 2,150 U.S. citizens die daily from these diseases, a death every 40 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular complications kill more people than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Right now, more than 83 million Americans are living with a form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.
  • Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke total more than $315.4 billion. That includes health expenditures and lost productivity.
  • Nearly half of all African-American adults suffer a form of cardiovascular disease: 49 percent of women and 44 percent of men.
  • Heart disease alone is the No. 1 cause of death in the world and the U.S. It kills about 380,000 Americans a year.
  • Heart disease represents 1 in every 6 deaths in the U.S.
  • An American dies from heart disease about once every 90 seconds.

And yet, you can easily lower your risk of heart problems:

  • Get daily exercise.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Cut back on processed and sugary foods.
  • Deal with the stress in your life.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Don’t smoke.

 

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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