Catch your attention? It caught mine when I was sitting in class the other day and the professor put it on the board. How sad is that fact?! I know many of you are probably thinking “well some of that could be genetics,” and you are very right. Unfortunately it does run in many families and no matter what people do to prevent getting CVD (Cardiovascular Disease), they end up being diagnosed with it. Here is a short definition of CVD (also known as Heart Disease):
“A disease of the heart or blood vessels”
However genetics would not put us at the top of the list for the most deaths caused by CVD. Let’s look at some more startling facts;
(All of these facts are from the Center for Disease Control website. http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_disease.htm)
- “In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.”
- “About 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.”
That class stumped me. If you take genetics out of the question, that means we are losing people (moms, dads, grandpa’s, whoever!) we love early to a disease that can be prevented! “High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key heart disease risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors” (www.cdc.gov). These are risk factors that can be reduced by physical activity and a healthy diet. I feel that these facts and this disease needs to be promoted more and made known to our nation. I just not worth it to leave these facts bottled up and lose someone you love.