exercise and eating habits could be the game-changer in the fight against heart
disease and stroke deaths, according to the American Heart Association's (AHA)
"Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2013."
1999 and 2009, the rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) fell 32.7%,
but still accounted for nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the nation. However, according
to projections in the 2013 report, heart health may only improve by 6% if
current trends continue. The biggest barriers to success are projected
increases in obesity and diabetes, and only modest improvements in diet and
physical activity. On a positive note, smoking, high cholesterol, and high
blood pressure rates are projected to decline.
heart disease and stroke risk factors, the most recent data show:
it plans to focus on population-based ways to improve health factors for all
Americans. Some of these include:
need to move a lot more, eat healthier and less, and manage risk factors as
soon as they develop," said Alan S. Go, MD, chair of the report's writing
committee. "If not, we’ll quickly lose the momentum we've gained in reducing
heart attack and stroke rates and improving survival over the last few decades."
Free full text of the article is available in Circulation.