In 2013, the American Heart Association (AHA), along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health, compiled a statistical report on heart disease, stroke, and other vascular diseases. Here are some compelling stats:
- • Cardiovascular disease causes an average of one death every 40 seconds.
- • Less than one percent of this country’s adults meet the definition of “Ideal Healthy Diet.” No children meet this goal.
- • An estimated 20 million adults have medically diagnosed diabetes. Eight million have undiagnosed diabetes and 87 million adults have prediabetes.
- • Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the country.
- • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
- • Every year approximately 715,000 citizens of the U.S. have a heart attack.
- • This disease alone causes the country $108.9 billion every year.
- • Good news: improvements were made in the amount of people who smoke, blood pressure was lowered overall, and high cholesterol rates have declined.
While the AHA does offer some positive news, obviously much work needs to be done to keep this country healthy. It is vital to take care of your heart, as well as set an example of living a healthy lifestyle for your children. They will model their behaviors after you and perhaps future generations can lower these statistics.