Did you know that heart disease and stroke are still the leading causes of death for both U.S. men and women? It is estimated that someone has a heart attack in the U.S. every 43 seconds. Strokes strikes an American once every 40 seconds and can have catastrophic consequences for a person’s ability to function.
There are a few factors that impact the body when it comes to the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Obesity is a huge health concern in the U.S., and it affects more people each year. A public health issue that has been receiving more attention lately is the impact of stress on mental, physical and emotional health. The good news is that preventive care can go a long way in helping people who might be at risk of developing these issues.
To help prevent heart disease and strokes, doctors recommend routine physical activity, a diet full of fresh produce and limited alcohol consumption. In addition, make routine wellness appointments with your physician. For more information on heart attack, stroke and other health initiatives, visit nih.gov.