Up to 25% of all heart disease related deaths in the United States could be easily prevented if the public was to make just a few minor lifestyle changes, the CDC has reported. Upward of 800,000 people every year across the country lose their lived to various forms of coronary heart disease, which continues to be the single biggest killer in America today.
As far as the DCD is confirmed, an astonishing 200,000 of these deaths need not happen and the number of lives that can be saved with simple proactivity is enormous. From taking regular walks to cutting back on alcohol intake to limiting tobacco smoking and so many more, the examples are all fundamentally easy and within the capabilities of pretty much anyone that holds their family’s health and wellbeing in high regard.
The good news is that deaths attributed to heart disease have been falling over recent years, but the CDC warns that numbers are still unacceptably high. Even in today’s America where awareness is near total and education on health matters never higher, lack of effort and late detection add up to heart disease accounting for more than a third of all deaths across the US.
“These findings are really striking because we are talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths that don’t have to happen when they happen,” wrote Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC.
Perhaps even more worrying than the nationwide figures along was the fact that the data collected illustrated a distinct regional divide. For reasons yet to be made clear, the preventable deaths originating from heart disease seemed to be considerable more common in states closer to the south.
“It’s unfortunate that your longevity may be influenced more by your “ZIP code” than “genetic code,” the director said.
Guidelines from the CDC suggest that each and every citizen accepts the role they must play in looking after their own health and wellbeing, in order to help fend off this often preventable killer. From simple lifestyle changes to regular consultations with professionals for those most at risk, the future picture could be an infinitely more promising one for the country as a whole were the ongoing and undeniably simple advice to be heeded.