Do you know the number one cause of death in the United States? In America every year millions of people lose their lives through diseases, accidents and suicides. According to statistics, diseases cause more deaths in America than accidents and suicides put together.
Every year millions of Americans die from diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, respiratory diseases, stroke, etc. Out of all these diseases, heart disease claims the most lives. Statistics have shown that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
For example, in 2011, over 787,000 Americans were killed by heart disease. When it comes to heart disease, there is no discrimination. Heart disease kills people regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, color, etc. No ethnic group seems to be immune from heart disease.
Heart attack and heart failure are very common symptoms of heart disease. According to the Heart Foundation, it is estimated that in the United States alone about 720,000 people suffer from heart attacks every year. It is said that every 34 seconds that go by, someone in the United States suffers from a heart attack. This is how scary heart disease is in the United States.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. I guess that prior to reading this article, many would have gone in for cancer if asked what the number one killer in the United States is. Prior to my research, I myself thought cancer was the number one killer in America considering the number of people that are diagnosed with cancer every year and the number of people that die from it every day. But the truth of the matter is that while cancer kills hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, the number of lives it claims doesn’t come close to the number of lives that heart disease claims. For the records, cancer is the second leading cause of death in America.
Heart disease does not only cause a great deal of human loss but it also causes a lot of financial loss to the United States. It is estimated that America loses over $30 billion every year battling with heart disease. This loss comes as a result of health expenditure and the fact that many of those suffering from the disease tend to become unproductive.
The key risk factors for heart disease include the following:
- High blood pressure or hypertension
- Lack of physical activity
- Excessive use of alcohol
If you are one who is guilty of any of the above, then you significantly increase your risk of suffering from heart disease.
You can prevent heart disease or reduce your risk of suffering from it by making certain simple changes to your lifestyle. Some of these things include the following:
- Regularly eating well. By eating well, you need to make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- If you are a person who smokes, then it is imperative that you quit smoking right away!
- Engage in regular physical activity. You can go out for a brisk walk or jog for at least 15 minutes five times a week.