Heart Disease is the #1 killer of American men.
The CDC does not estimate mortality data for current and future years. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) collects and disseminates the Nation’s official vital statistics. NCHS collects death certificate data from state vital statistics offices for all deaths occurring in the United States.
Ways to reduce your Heart Disease risk:
CDC: To reduce your chances of getting heart disease, it’s important to do the following:
- Know your blood pressure. Having uncontrolled blood pressure can result in heart disease. High blood pressure has no symptoms so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Learn more about high blood pressure.
- Talk to your health care provider about whether you should be tested for diabetes. Having diabetes raises your risk of heart disease.9 Learn more about diabetes.
- Quit smoking. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, learn ways to quit.
- Discuss checking your cholesterol and triglyceride levels with your health care provider. Learn more about cholesterol.
- Make healthy food. Having overweight or obesity raises your risk of heart disease. Learn more about overweight and obesity.
- Limit alcohol intake to one drink a day. Learn more about alcohol.
- Lower your stress level and find healthy ways to cope with stress. Learn more about coping with stress.
Start one heart healthy behavior today – eat a heart-healthy diet, get physically active, or quit smoking! (CDC)
Ninety percent of the nearly 18 million heart disease cases worldwide could be prevented by people adopting a healthier diet, doing regular exercise, and not smoking. (Cleveland Clinic)
‘Everyone can prevent heart disease anywhere in the world, especially by eating foods that are low in salt and cholesterol, exercising regularly, and not smoking,” said Leslie Cho, M.D., Section Head for Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic. “Even if a person has a family history of heart disease, we can still prevent and treat heart disease thanks to incredible advances in medicine.” (Cleveland Clinic)
Resources for Heart Disease help:
American Heart Association: https://www.heart.org/
CDC – Heart Disease: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/index.htm
The Esselstyn Heart Disease Program at Cleveland Clinic
Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate
Notes and Sources:
* Prevention statistics vary from source:
80% (American Heart Association – Source here and here)
90% (Cleveland Clinic – Source here)