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Ten Ugly Truth About Heart Disease

Heart diseases are generally conditions like narrowing of the blood vessels that may result in cardiac arrest, structural faults, blood clots and other conditions that will affect the pumping capacity or rhythm of the heart. Heart disease is reportedly the first leading cause of death in the United States of America. 1 out of every 3 deaths that occur in the United States is caused by heart disease and stroke, which is every 39 seconds an American dies for this reason.

Considering the Americans, not many are really into monitoring their physical health or taking care of its fitness. Though almost 56% of them have been told by healthcare professionals to improve their health, 58% put no effort into it. This lethargy has led to drastic effects which are quite alarming. As a result, every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event. It can be anything from myocardial infarction, unstable angina or even death. Obesity is one major cause of any cardiac illness. Studies say the number of obese US adults is more than those who are just overweight, which turns out to be the major health issue in the United States.

It is estimated that in a year, about 785000 Americans will have their first cardiac arrest and 470000 will have a second one. However, 60% of adults don’t even know their cholesterol numbers and blood pressure. Also, about 44% of the adults monitor their blood pressure outside their doctor’s office. In this case, the accuracy level of the reading is to be doubted. This only shows how physical health is taken for granted. It is important that people above 40 years take periodical health checkup and keep a note on their vital signs, blood pressure and blood sugar level at the least. This will help you in diagnosing any early symptoms that may lead to severe chronic disease if left unnoticed.

Data says 99% of the US adults must improve their heart health. Having a balanced diet, bringing in physical activity into the daily routine, following a proper sleeping pattern, ensuring mental health are simpler ways of improving heart health. Interestingly, 83% of people believe that cardiac arrests and stroke can be actually prevented, however, take no measure or not motivated to do anything about it. It is not even that people are ignorant but that we have become too lazy to take care of our well being and quality of life. This is actually leading to producing a generation of unhealthy people. In the United States, every other adult and one in six children are found to be obese!