Fighting Heart Disease – The American Heart Association
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The CDC estimates that health care costs, medications and loss of productivity due to heart disease runs at more than $108 billion each year. Other estimates are even higher. By 2030, this number is expected to triple. According to the American Heart Association, by 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease.
Thanks to volunteer organizations like the American Heart Association, the fight is on! The American Heart Association is the country’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The AHA serves as a beacon of hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease by providing much needed awareness, education and research funding. Specifically, the AHA offers CPR training, publishes a variety of educational tools and information, provides science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals, educates policy makers, advocates for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities, and has funded more than $3.5 billion in research since 1949. By 2020, the AHA hopes to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%.
How can you help? There are a number of ways to help, starting with educating yourself about heart disease by going to the AHA website. You can also become a volunteer, donate money to the organization, purchase AHA merchandise, become an advocate or just help spread the word. February is American Heart Month and there’s no better time than now to get involved and help the AHA in their fight against heart disease.
“Science Care helps researchers who are working on the design and testing of various innovative minimally invasive surgical devices for the treatment of cardiac diseases. Physicans are also trained in the safe use of these devices. This type of testing and training is a necessary step to improve the skills of practicing surgeons and improve outcomes for patients today and in the future.”
Recognizing Heart Disease:
Heart attacks have several major warning signs and symptoms:
- Chest pain or discomfort.
- Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach.
- Shortness of breath.
- Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats.
High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
- Overweight and obesity
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol use
Assess your cardiovascular health: www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions