Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and it is also one of the leading causes of disability. As part of American Heart Month, we offer insight from our clinicians and researchers about how to reduce your heart disease risks and what new things we’re learning about cardiovascular disease and treatment.
Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital February 12, 2013
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The numbers are staggering. Cardiovascular disease is behind one out of every three deaths in the United States. Heart attack and stroke claim the lives of more than two thousand Americans every day. But, the nation’s number one killer is largely preventable.
“More than 90 percent of deaths from cardiovascular disease can be prevented,” says Dr. JoAnne Foody, a cardiologist and Director of the Cardiovascular Wellness Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “And, the steps to reduce the risks are fairly simple.”
Dr. Foody explains that there are seven ideal health metrics to help prevent cardiovascular disease, which were recently published by the American Heart Association:
- No smoking
- Physical activity (walking, biking, swimming, etc.) for 30 minutes most days of the week
- Blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg (untreated)
- Normal blood glucose (fasting glucose of less than 100 mg/dL)
- Total cholesterol of less than 200 mg/dL
- BMI of less than 25
- Healthy eating