Do Americans have a weaker heart? Have you ever felt discomfort, heaviness, pressure or pain in chest or arm? Ever felt pain radiating to back, jaw, throat or arm? Ever faced rapid or irregular heartbeats, sweating, uneasiness, extreme weakness or shortness of breath? You might be having a heart trouble. You are not alone, approximately 84 million people in America suffer from some or the other form of cardiovascular disease. It causes 2200 deaths/day averaging 1 death in 40 seconds. As per American Heart Association, cases of heart diseases are increasing in America making it a leading cause of death. As per a study, the direct and indirect cost of treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke are about $315 billion and the figure is increasing every day.
Famous American actor Bill Pexton passed away in February 2017 because of heart disease. Cardiovascular diseases are the cause of more deaths than cancer. One third of cardiovascular diseases occur before the age of 75. Females are at more risk. Hence, as per statistical analysis, we can surely say that Americans have a “weaker heart.”
But why it occurs? What are the risk factors? How can we overcome these statistics? Well some of the main causes are hereditary, tobacco abuse, lack of regular exercise, stress, depression or obesity. Approximately 68% of the US adults are either overweight or obese.
Some common reasons triggering cardiac conditions-
- Diabetes and prediabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol level in blood
- Being overweight or obese
- Being physically inactive
- Strong family history of heart disease
- History of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy
- Unhealthy diet
- Age (55 years or above)
Tips for a healthy heart rather than a weaker heart:
- Adapt a healthy lifestyle and exercise daily. Keep a check on your weight.
- Avoid junk food and eat healthy
- Avoid stress, try to take out time for your family
- Do not smoke, give away this habit for a healthier heart
“Adapt a healthy lifestyle. Let us make America’s heart beat longer.”