Heart Disease... The Number One Killer
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:
- High Cholesterol
- Being Inactive
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.
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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