Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year.1 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. The situation is alarming, but there is good news—heart disease is preventable and controllable. We can start by taking small steps every day to bring our loved ones and ourselves closer to heart health.
Here’s a quick plan for Prevention!
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Exercise Regularly
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol use
- Have your cholesterol checked
- Manage your diabetes
- Take your Medicine
Cranium Furniture is a strong supporter of living a healthy lifestyle. It is very important to be aware of what your body is telling you right before you have a heart attack. According to the CDC the five major symptoms of a heart attack are:
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
- Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain of discomfort in arms and shoulder
- Shortness of breath
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