BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The American Heart Association (AHA) revealed that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 80,000 Americans die from such diseases every year, while in the entire world, the figure reached 17.3 million people.
From all cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease is the cause of 41.5 percent of deaths, followed by stroke with 16.5 percent, high blood pressure with 9.1 percent, heart failure with 8.5 percent, and other artery diseases with 3.2 percent.
The annual coronary disease death rate decreased from 2004 and 2014, but the costs for the treatment are predicted to rise by almost 100 percent from 2013 to 2030. So far, about $199.6 billion were estimated to have been spent in the sense in 2012 and 2013.
The stroke death rate decreased, too, from 2004 to 2014. However, about 610,000 people have new strokes, while 185,000 experience recurrent strokes from year to year. Also, in 2013, stroke and heart diseases were the main causes of death worldwide.
The report also brings not so good news. The number of people that live with heart failure increased by about one million from 2009 to 2012 and, by 2030, about 8 million people are expected to have heart failure.
From all these people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, about 92.1 million still live with it or have survived a stroke. This lead to great costs, about $316 billion a year, since they require many expenses on health and lost productivity.
Also, 790,000 Americans have heart attacks every year and about 114,000 of them die. The average age at which they experience heart attacks is 65.3 years for men and 71.8 for women.
In an effort to combat cardiovascular disease, AHA released Life’s Simple 7 Initiatives. This aims to improve the Americans’ health by and reduce cardiovascular-related death by 20 percent by 2020. These initiatives are not smoking, healthy diet, physical activity, control of cholesterol and body weight, control of blood sugar and blood pressure.
So far, only young people followed AHA’s advice on physical activity, but the healthy diet scored good results in both children and adults. According to the guidelines, they increased the consumption of whole grains and decreased the consumption of sugary beverages. If more people followed the AHA’s initiatives, the chances to reduce cardiovascular disease death rates are much higher.
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