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Half of All Heart Disease Deaths Preventable

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Erin King2 years ago

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.


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