According to the American Heart Association (AHA), there are several reasons:
- lack of exercise
- poor diets
- heavy alcohol consumption
- high blood pressure
The average American has a 90 percent l will also reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke. Easy to promote but very hard to implement as smoking is very addictive.
Heart Disease: Alarming Statistics
The cost in lives is tragic. These diseases have become chronic and it takes a toll on quality of live and productivity. In addition, the strain and cost to the health care system runs in the hundreds of billion dollars each year.
In 2016, the cost of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. was about $500 billion. That includes costs for treatment of:
- Heart conditions
- Peripheral artery disease
- High blood pressure
Treatment of these diseases accounts for $1 of every $5 spent on health care in the United States.
Heart Disease: Lifestyle Changes Are Necessary
The bottom line is that these statistics will get worse if people don’t make serious life changes. These changes will include:
- healthy diets
- stop smoking
- consume alcohol in moderation
- get 6-8 hours of sleep every night.