Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the death rate for cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and strokes, fell by more than 70% over six decades. This notable victory was due in large part to anti-smoking campaigns, introduction of medications to control cholesterol and blood pressure, and surgical advances. Sadly, since 2011, the death rate from heart attacks and strokes has fallen just 4%.
The rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes have accelerated since the 1980s so that now nearly 40% of US adults age 20 and over are obese and another 32% are overweight. Nearly 10% of US adults 18 and over have diabetes. What’s also troubling is the fact that the death rate is rising for middle aged Americans.
Let those facts sink in. And then, Be Bold. Take Charge of your life and the welfare of your family.
- If you are at risk, see your physician and work together to lower your risks
- Manage your blood pressure. It should be 120/80 or less
- Control your cholesterol to bring LDL (bad) cholesterol under 100 or under 70 if you are at high risk
- Don’t smoke
- Eat a heart healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
Source: Wall Street Journal article, Heart Disease Roars Back, Saturday/Sunday Jun 22,2019 pp A1, A11