The September installment of Vital signs, released on Tuesday by the CDC, revealed startling findings that showed in 2010, 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke could have been prevented, and that is just in the United States. The latest statistics also found that of the preventable deaths, more than 100,000 of these deaths occur in people under 65 years of age.
According to the CDC, one in three deaths in America is due to some form of cardiovascular disease, from heart disease to stroke. If risk factors were properly managed these deaths could have been prevented. The risk factors often seen leading to cardiovascular issues include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking cigarettes.
The recommendations by the CDC to communities is to promote healthy behaviors by providing safe outdoor areas to walk, run, or exercise. Access to healthy, fresh food options and tobacco free spaces are also important to community health.
Read the list to learn the five healthy habits everyone can start incorporating today that will help avoid a range of health issues, including cardiovascular disease.