February Is American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month. Did you know that even a small amount of weight loss can reap multiple benefits for your cardiovascular health? A recent study found that reducing calorie intake and losing as little as five to 10 pounds can significantly benefit your heart. Here's some staggering statistics:
- 220.8 per 100,000: The overall rate of death attributable to CVD, based on 2014 data.
- On average, someone died of CVD every 40 seconds. That is about 2,200 deaths of CVD each day.
- On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. This is about 795,000 new or recurrent stroke each year. On average, someone died of a stroke every 4 minutes
- Stroke accounted for 1 of every 20 deaths in the United States.
- 85.7 million, or 34.0% of US adults are estimated to have hypertension, based on 2011-2014 data.
- 28.5 million, or 11.9% of US adults are estimated to have total serum cholesterol levels ≥240 mg/dL, based on 2011-2014 data.
- 23.4 million, or 9.1% of US adults are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, based on 2011-2014 data.
- 1 in 6 males and 1 in 7 females in the United States are current smokers, based on 2015 data.
- On average, 1 in 3 adults, or 30.4% do not engage in leisure time physical activity. Hispanic and Non-Hispanic black adults were more likely to be inactive.
Protect your heart by taking steps to shed extra pounds and whittle your waist. Start now by calling 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation with your nearest Metabolic Research Center location.
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