Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among Americans; direct cause of 500,000 deaths in the United States each year and kills 7 million worldwide. According to the American Heart Association (AHA)'s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2004 report, diseases of the heart continue to claim more lives than all major causes of death. This adds up to more than 1.4 million deaths in the United States each year according to the most recent statistics from the AHA.
Cardiovascular disease is not one single disease or condition; it is a group of different disorders that affect your heart and blood vessels, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some types of cardiovascular disease occur from birth, and others are developed over a lifetime. More than 71 million American adults suffer from at least one type of cardiovascular disease. The most firmly established risk factors for cardiovascular disease are high blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, inactive lifestyle, and family history. Centers for Disease Control stated that a 10-percent reduction in cholesterol correlates to a 20- to 30-percent reduction in incidence of cardiovascular disease. Also, studies show that lowering blood pressure can cut your risk of stroke by about 40-percent. Dietary supplements that control top risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure help to maintain healthy arteries and provide defense against cardiovascular disease. To learn more about specific cardiovascular conditions and diseases click here.The major cardiovascular diseases (CVD) include:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), effective strategies to prevent CVD and manage the disease include: (1) Substituting saturated fat and trans fat with non-hydrogenated unsaturated fats (especially polyunsaturated fat); (2) Increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil or vegetable sources; (3) Consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables (rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, nuts, and whole grains; (4) Avoid salty and sugary foods; (5) Perform at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
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