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Heart Disease... The Number One Killer

Updated on February 5, 2013
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Thought About Your Heart Lately?

Cardiovascular disease, and it's causes, are still the number one killer in the U.S. Annual screenings are recommended by both the CDC ( Center for disease control) and the American Heart Association.The wide umbrella that is CVD, covers coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and functional defects of the heart. It is number one among, both men and women. My own mother suffered a heart attack a few years ago. She has made some radical changes to be counted a survivor. A recent survey found that over 60% of Americans have some form of CVD.Many survive this. Many do not. Many never know they have any form of heart disease until it is too late.

It is alarming that the one thing all ethnic groups share in this country is heart disease. It is the number one killer across the board for every ethnic group. With obesity being one of the leading contributors to this. Let's face it, we are not eating healthy here. Our diet is something we can do something about. There are some factors present that can't be eliminated, such as:

  • HEREDITY(family history). African-Americans are at a greater risk of stroke for instance.
  • AGE. The risk for stroke and other CVD's doubles every ten years after the age of 55 according to the American Heart Association.
  • SEX (gender). Though once associated with majority men. It is now apparent that women suffer the greater heart disease risk. (3 out of five stroke related deaths are women)


Some Risk Factors Are:

  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • Being Inactive
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

There are some steps that we can take to combat this disease. Things such as monitoring our blood pressure. Not smoking. Keeping alcohol consumption at a low. Getting into a daily exercise routine. Not neglecting the benefits of even walking. It is apparent from current statistics, that Americans are at a all-time high in health risk. This directly coincides with the fact that Americans spend a billion dollars a year on fast food.With over 50,000 fast-food restaurants in the U.S., and over 25 percent of Americans eating that fast food everyday. There must definitely be a connection. We won't for the moment even speak of the rise in insurance costs due to health concerns.

Many young people don't think about their hearts at all. Associating heart disease with older people. This is a common misconception. A healthy, or unhealthy heart is not age specific. Early screenings have been known to save lives. Many heart diseases can be at least held at bay, with early detection and lifestyle changes. So many deaths could probably be prevented. But it starts with educating our young, and encouraging them with our own healthy lifestyle.


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STRESS

Stress ... both physical and emotional can be such a big contibutor of heart disease. How do we not stress? Impossible!

However there are ways to reduce stress...

Making sure we get to recommended 8 hours of sleep (although many argue they don't need that much), or the amount that best suits your resting habits.

Meditation/Prayer... if you can find a quiet place to "drown out the world" ... find it and the discipline to do so often and make it a practice.

Social activities ... there may be book clubs, and talking circles in your area that you are missing out on

Balance... what exactly IS "balance"? A healthy balance is when someone spends an equal amount of time and energy on the various areas of their health... ie; emotional, physical, spiritual, and nutritional... it is no good to you if you have vowed to eat right, and you are an emotional wreck, or you have started a rigorous exercise routine and your diet is off




The key thing with heart health is to be aware of the effects that our lifestyles may have on our heart and get those yearly, or even semi-annual checks done.

Here are some hubs that may help to motivate you...



Laurinzo Scott 2013

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    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for the read and comment Michelle..

      I strongly recommend that you as a family form a united front and "lovingly confront" him and tell him such things ... as how greatly he is needed and would be missed... and how willing you all are to help him to the process of change

      believe me, my family did such a "loving intervention" with my mom....prayerfully sometimes it works...

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Laurinzo, this is too true. We are trying to get my father-in-law to be mindful of his diet. He is diabetic and is at risk of coronary disease. Thanks for these tips and I will forward them to him!

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Valley Poet, and I am so glad you liked this one...

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      Valleypoet 

      5 years ago

      This is an important issue to raise awareness of...you have presented it really well here...thank you:-))

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      So very true! Sharing this one!

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Bravo for him teaches... I am so glad to hear of somone who decide to take a proactive step for their health

      And thank God you still have him ...

      Thank you for sharing that positive note...

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I almost lost my wonderful hubby because we didn't realize he had a heart problem. Thank God he had a check up and they discovered it. Voted way up!

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes indeed it was a pleasure to feature your hub; because exercise and spiritual well being are so important, and Tai chi combines both...

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Excellent, useful, and very important information, Laurinzo. Thanks for referring to my tai chi hub. As you probably know, tai chi has been shown to reduce CVDs in older folk. Voted up and useful.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      I agree that it takes some discipline, but you can do it. That's awesome that you're exercising. As a member of L.A Fitness gym, there are classes that they offer as part of your membership. spinning, zumba, yoga, kickboxing and pilates just to name a few. pretty awesome...

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Linda... I have had issues with heart disease throughtout my family as well, and yes 52 is wayyy too young... it is about the age my maternal grandmother was lost

      It is why I try so hard to stick to my health plan... not easy though!!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very useful information Laurinzo! We could all use the reminder on how important a healthy heart is. I lost my dad to heart disease when he was only 52. That was over 30 years ago. He was way too young.

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I am just getting to the point of exercising myself lovedoctor926...and it takes some discipline certainly ; but we have to tell ourselves we are worth the effort...

      Thank you for your reading and kind comments...

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Excellent information & well-presented. These statistics are shocking indeed. Thank you for raising awareness and for your tips on how we can reduce stress. I've been practicing yoga for over a year now. I also listen to meditation and subliminal music regularly online. The health benefits are amazing! you made a good point. many people think that heart attacks and stroke only happen to old people, but not the case.

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much Maria... I very much appreciate your reading and commenting... and that is especially well taken since I love your poetry, and am definitely looking forward to reading more of your hubs...

      God bless you

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Laurinzo,

      As a holistic Nursing Instructor, this hub is music to my ears.

      You have provided such important and accurate information in a clear, meaningful and non-preachy manner.

      Wonderful job! A seasonally appropriate share as we near February, the month of HEART awareness. Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes... That's what i'm Talking about !!!! Positive thoughts for spiritual health!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      And I'm nearing 56 years young. I'm re-taking my youth and living my dream! Whoo hoo!

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      48 yrs young my friend...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Very cool! May I ask how old you'll be on your birthday?

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Wonderful to hear my fellow Piscean... I am March the 2nd... Yay!!!! for Pisces...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Yep, I'll be 56 March 3rd. And thank you for your good wishes regarding my writing career. Things have taken a turn for the better!

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for your reading and your comment Shauna... it is always wonderful to hear from you...

      and 55??? can't believe it !!! Wish you the best in your writng pursuits too my friend!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Laurinzo, this is such an important hub. Although I try to eat properly (I love veggies and fish!), I must admit I've become entirely too sedentary. Plus I smoke and am just about nearing the over 55 mark. I'll try to do better. Thank you for this hub!

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Ann810 so glad for your comments and to be followong you, looking forward to reading more of your writing!!!

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      Ann810 

      5 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi, this is true, the foods we eat can have an effect on our heart health. Fast food has to be replaced by having home cooked foods prepared ahead of time. Also their are vitamins that can help with heart health: Co Q-10 capsules. As you've mentioned about exercise, it is very important. Just walking in the park or walking 2 or more blocks daily will help prevent heart attacks. Useful article, thanks.

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Deborah for your very kind comments. Yes I agree that heart health is something we can be active in...with lifestyle changes if neccessary!!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo.. wow I agree with you.. this is a scary thing.. and People just keep eating that fast food and fried foods.. I quit a long time ago. I realized it was killing me.. I have been blessed no heart disease and no diabetes but I realized it was combination of eating right and lots of working out.. walking and etc. this is a great hub.

      sharing

      Debbie

    • Laurinzo Scott profile imageAUTHOR

      Live To Write 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you too for your comments Angela, and I am certainly glad your test came out well. Sorry that my response to your comment didn't show up before...

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      Laurinzo scott 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Starmom , for your comment.

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      Starmom41 

      6 years ago

      important & informative hub-- thank you for writing it!

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      They me the test with all the little sticky things and told me I had the heart of a 20 year old. Thank goodness! This article is great though because most people do not! I will share!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      An excellent and informative hub on the warning of Heart Disease. Although we hear about the importance of diet, exercise and such - we all need to be reminded. And this is a good reminder. Voted up!

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