According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an American dies every 37 seconds from cardiovascular disease. With 17.3 million deaths each year, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading global cause of death. What’s more? That number is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030.
February marks the 56th consecutive American Heart Month – a perfect reminder to focus on our hearts and encourage heart health among our families, friends and communities.
Facts about heart health
- One in four deaths are caused by heart disease. This makes heart disease more deadly than all of the cancers combined.
- Heart disease can happen at any age. While 82% of people who die of heart disease are older than 65, those with a family history can experience problems much earlier.
- The American Heart Association lists smoking, physical inactivity, nutrition, being overweight or obese, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus as the largest risk factors for heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease
Preventing heart disease
The good news is that heart disease is preventable in most cases with healthy choices. These choices include:
- Not smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Controlling blood sugar
- Controlling cholesterol
- Treating high blood pressure
- Getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week
- Getting regular checkups
Have questions about your heart health? Contact your Colorado Physician Partners practice today.
Our practices have care coordinators who can help you achieve your health goals! They can assist you in navigating the health care system and can connect you with medical and non-medical services. Learn more about care coordination.