Half of All Heart Disease Deaths Preventable
In the United States, it has been reported that about 50% of cardiovascular-disease-related deaths of people aged 45 to 79 are due to preventable factors.
Cardiovascular-Related Death on the Rise
According to Reuters Health, factors such as obesity and smoking – arguably things that can be avoided, according to the medical community – are some of the leading causes of poor cardiovascular health.
Though, over the past thirty years, the cardiovascular-related death toll has steadily declined, heart disease still remains one of the leading causes of death in U.S; it is responsible for one in every four deaths, according to the CDC.
About the Heart Disease Study
In a study to estimate the number of heart-disease related deaths connected to preventable factors, a group of researchers analyzed data from about half a million responders.
During the study, the researchers found that if factors such as high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity and high blood pressure could have been completely eliminated, about 50% of heart disease deaths amongst women and about 54% of heart disease-related deaths amongst men could have been avoided all together.
The researchers found that high blood pressure and smoking were linked to the highest proportion of preventable fatalities.