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There are many types of heart and blood vessel diseases. Over 82 million Americans have one or more of them. Each year more than 813,000 people die from them — that’s over 33 percent of all deaths in the United States! Yet many types of heart disease and stroke can be prevented. Here are some key steps you can take:
- Don’t smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke.
- Lower your blood pressure if it’s high.
- Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and salt.
- Be physically active.
- Keep your weight under control.
- Get regular medical check-ups.
- Follow your doctor’s orders for taking medicine.
- Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
Did you know?
- The average heart beats 100,000 times per day.
- That until about 13 years ago, cardiovascular disease was defined as a man's disease.
- 90% of women have 1 or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- 21% of Americans use some form of technology to track their health data.
- Your risk for obesity-related diseases increases with the waist measurements of more than 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women.
- Stress can harm your heart and sometimes the symptoms of stress mimic heart disease.
- If you average less than 8 hours of sleep, you could be putting your heart at risk.
- You're never too old to make a change. Research shows making healthy lifestyle changes - even later in life - may stop and actually reverse heart damage.
- Prevention Works as much as 80 to 90 percent of the time, heart disease is preventable if it is diagnosed soon enough.
- Just by taking 2,000 extra daily steps = You will be 10% lower risk for heart disease.