Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Cancer seems to be everywhere we turn, affecting most of us in some way, shape, or form. But did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death, claiming around 610,000 lives every year? That’s 1 in every 4 people. Yet for some reason we don't hear it talked about in the same regards as cancer.
While statistics show that heart disease effects most ethnicities pretty evenly, that is not the case for our geographical location. Heart disease is more prevalent in the southern regions of the U.S. with the West Coast being the least affected. Our diet, activity levels, and culture, greatly impact these stats.
While heart disease unfortunately claims so many lives worldwide, it isn't the only thing we have to be wary of. This year alone it is expected that 735,000 Americans will have a heart attack, and for about one-third of these people it will be their second or third one.
The best way to keep yourself from being a part of these statistics is to take preventative measures. Be sure to schedule your yearly exam with your doctor (especially if heart disease runs in your family), adopt a healthier diet, increase your daily activity, quit/decrease smoking, quit/decrease drinking, take your medications as prescribed, and learn the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack. By taking better care of your body inside and out, you can literally save your life and those around you.
If you suffer from any of these issues, now is the time to make the necessary changes to better your life, health and heart. Don't know where to start? Let's chat and see if we can create a plan to get you on the right track to a healthier you!