80% of Heart Disease is Preventable. Why don’t we all know how?

If you’re concerned about heart disease – for you or your loved ones – you’re right to be. And if you’re not, you probably should be.

As a cardiologist, I’m concerned also.

The numbers are numbing. You likely know heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world, but did you know deaths from heart disease have increased every year since 2014?

As it stands today, you have about a 60% chance of having a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure in your lifetime – almost two out of three of us.

 

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In the United States in 2019, there were:

  • 840,768 cardiovascular deaths (2,303 die each day, about one every 37 seconds)
  • 1,055,000 heart attacks
  • 795,000 strokes
  • 356,641 out of hospital cardiac arrests. Only 8% survived with good functional status.  

The impact of heart disease on our health is devastating. Every one of those numbers is a life-altering – or even life-ending – event for someone – not to mention the effect on their loved ones. 

But here’s something even more striking, and the critical thing that as a cardiologist, I want everyone to know.

80% or more of all of that disease and death is preventable.

How?

By increasing your Healthspan.

What is Healthspan?

Healthspan is the length of time you love your life. When you look good, feel good, and you minimize the time spent in doctor’s offices and hospitals. 

We all want to live a longer, healthier life. And as it turns out, research tells us just ten simple factors are most responsible. 

Here’s the big point – the epiphany – when you focus on these same 10 factors, you can lower your heart disease risk by 80% or more.

The ten essential factors to increasing your Healthspan and lowering your risk of heart disease are:

  1. Physical activity
  2. Nutrition
  3. Blood pressure
  4. Cholesterol
  5. Blood sugar
  6. Bodyweight
  7. Avoiding smoking, excess alcohol, and other toxins
  8. Sleep
  9. Stress management
  10. Social connection

Which of these is most important? Well, it’s different for each of us. For some, their most significant opportunity to live longer and avoid heart disease is to quit smoking. For others, it may be getting their blood pressure under control, start being more active, or one of the other ten factors. 

Another important point is, you don’t have to get them all perfect. Even small changes can lead to significant results in time. And often, improvement in one factor leads to improvement in others.

Most people accept heart disease as a part of life because they don’t know the power they have to avoid it.

Don’t let this happen to you. 

Increase your Healthspan. And protect yourself from the disease most likely to end your life earlier than you want. 

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