Heart Health Does it Matter Part I

I believe we can all agree on one thing, every person need a heart in order to stay alive. Caring for your heart is simple and easy. Adding fruits and vegetables to your everyday diet will help keep your heart beating strong for a long time. The average adult heart beat 70-75 beats per minute, generally women have a slightly higher heart rate than men, and younger people have a faster heart rate.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day” this is alarming. People of most ethnicities are at risk.

Race of Ethnic Groups                                  % of Deaths

African Americans                                          24.4

American Indians or Alaska Natives                 17.9

Asians or Pacific Islanders                              23.2

Hispanics                                                       20.7

Whites                                                           25.1

All                                                                  24.9

In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

The heart pumps blood through 50,000 miles of blood vessels that supplies every cell in the body. Arteries and veins are like major highways, and capillaries are like side streets that keeps the blood moving throughout the body. The blood can ride on these highways and side streets for a long time if it does not run into any traffic jam in the form of plaque or clot. The blood is able to carrying nutrients and oxygen to all the parts of the body.

 

The body is unique and cannot be duplicated, it is an amazing creation. The body is self healing; to assist your body in doing its job you must provide it with the right nutrients. People with heart disease must take into consideration these risk factors.

 

Risk Factor                     %

Inactivity                         53

Obesity                          34

High Blood Pressure       32

Cigarette Smoking          21

High Cholesterol             15

Diabetes                        11

 

"Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke."
- Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Healthy choice is the only way you can prevent heart disease. If you are already diagnosed with heart disease, making better food choices can help you manage it. Prevention starts with you, mostly understanding the risks and taking steps to avoid getting the disease is the only cure.

 

Next week we will talk about ways to make over your kitchen to support your health.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide general educational information. Information provided should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, you should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

This article is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical advice, and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider's judgment. Nor should readers rely upon my information if they might need emergency medical treatment. I strongly encourage readers to consult with a qualified health care professional for answers to personal questions. By writing this article I do not establish a doctor-patient relationship with the readers.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment available to the author, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

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