Cardiovascular disease kills 800,000 people every year. Of the 800,000 people that die, 200,000 die needlessly from this disease. Of the 200,000, 56% were under the age of 65, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 200,000 needless deaths, African-Americans were twice as likely to die. African-American men were more likely to die than other groups.
According to Mayo Clinic, a healthy lifestyle change can aid in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease:
- Stop smoking.
- Keep high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes under control.
- Excercise at least 30 minutes every day or most days of the week.
- Watch what you eat. Make sure your diet is low in salt and saturated fat. Follow a diet such as the DASH diet or the Mediterranean diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Reduce and manage stress.
- Practice good hygiene.
Contact the American Heart Association at 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas for more information or call customer servive at 1(800)242-8721.