Did you know that heart disease and stroke are the fifth and sixth leading cause of death in the United States? The cardiovascular system is one that we do not want to mess with because it is so vital to the human body. About 47% of US adults have at least one of three risk factors for cardiovascular disease which includes heart disease, stroke, and related conditions like uncontrolled high blood pressure, or uncontrolled high LDL cholesterol levels.
Warning Signs of Stroke
You should be aware of the signs of a stroke, especially if you are older than 50 years of age. Be sure to check with your doctor is you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Some warning signs of stroke include:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially if only on one side of your body
- Sudden confusion. trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance
- Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause
Heart Disease Awareness
It is important to understand the seriousness of heart disease and what we can do to try to prevent it. A healthy heart consists of exercise and maintaining a well balanced diet. A moderate amount of physical activity will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is recommended that all of us get at least 20 minutes of exercise three to five times per week. As we get older it is crucial to keep up with these habits. The awareness of heart disease is very important, especially if there is a history of heart disease in your family.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are looking for ways to make the environment we live in a more suitable one for individuals that may encounter these diseases. Strategies that can help reduce the chance of heart attack or stroke include creating smoke-free environments. Smoking cigarettes, even second-hand smoke, increases the chances of developing heart disease or stroke. Another strategy is to increase the availability to healthier foods. Many stores or restaurants make it difficult for individuals to purchase healthy foods by increasing the prices on those food items.