One in Three U.S. Deaths Caused By Cardiovascular Disease
One in every three U.S. deaths in 2013 were caused by some type of cardiovascular disease, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA).
Worldwide, heart disease and stroke are still the number one and number two killers.
Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than people without diabetes, the AHA reports.
"Statistics about cardiovascular disease and stroke, and particularly the metrics about death and the factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease are incredibly important," said AHA President Mark Creager, M.D.
Life's Simple 7
While the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke have reduced in recent years, they are still too high, Creager said.
The AHA now tracks data on Americans' health and lifestyle behaviors that are known to improve cardiovascular health, which the organization calls Life's Simple 7: smoking status, diet, physical activity, body weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
The recent report revealed that about one in three U.S. adults doesn't engage in any physical activity outside of work, and about 33 percent have high blood pressure.
"We need to maintain our vigor and resolve in promoting good cardiovascular health through lifestyle and recognition and treatment of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking," Creager said. "We've made progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease, but the battle is not won."
Source: American Heart Association