Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects), among others.
Did you know…
- The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing millions of gallons of blood to every part of the body.
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year in 2013, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
- About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every
- About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $316 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
- In 2014, any-mention sudden cardiac arrest mortality in the US was 353,427.
Heart Disease Prevention
Using a form of imaging called coronary artery calcium (CAC) scanning, doctors can detect specks of calcium in the walls of the heart’s arteries and derive a score that corresponds to the risk of future heart disease. Recently, researchers used CAC scoring to find out whether making a few key behavior changes could have a concrete benefit for cardiovascular health even before overt signs of disease appear. They reported their findings in the March 2015 American Heart Journal.
Life’s Simple 7
A healthy lifestyle, especially when started at a young age, goes a long way to preventing cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke. They call these “Life’s Simple 7”: not smoking, physical activity, healthy diet, body weight, and control of cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco
- Exercise for about 30 minutes on most days of the week
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
- Eating many fruits and vegetables not only can help prevent heart disease, but also may help improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improve diabetes. Eating two or more servings a week of certain fish, such as salmon and tuna, may decrease your risk of heart disease.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Men are generally considered overweight if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (101.6 centimeters, or cm).
- Women are generally overweight if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (88.9 cm).
- Get enough quality sleep
- Manage stress
- Get regular health screenings
See prevention timeline by age here.
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Right now, doctors don’t routinely advise everyone to have a coronary artery calcium scan. For people without known heart disease, the first step is to use a risk calculator developed by the AHA and the American College of Cardiology that projects a person’s chances of having a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years (see www.cvriskcalculator.com). If your 10-year risk is in a gray zone, your doctor may want to get more information by doing a CAC test to determine how aggressively to treat you. Clinical trials are currently under way to explore whether CAC testing may be appropriate for a broader range of individuals at different risk levels.
To calculate your personal score, get more information, and track your progress using AHA’s My Life Check tool, go to www.health.harvard.edu/lifecheck.