Every minute someone dies from cardiovascular disease in the United States: how to prevent it

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Heart Disease News J E 4
Numbers from the CDC and the WHO agree that every year more people die from this cause than from any other. Genetic factors may determine a certain prevalence, but an unhealthy lifestyle plays a crucial role in risk factors.

CARTAGENA, Colombia, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders that include acute myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accidents, better known as strokes, renal impairment or failure, and loss of visual acuity, among other conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 34 seconds someone has a heart attack, and every minute someone dies from an episode related to heart disease in the United States.

Hernán Fernández, a cardiovascular surgeon at Nuevo Hospital Bocagrande (NHBG), states: "The risk factors are divided into two groups: acquired and genetic. Acquired factors are lifestyle habits, such as: somewhat or very unhealthy eating habits that are high in carbohydrates and fat; lack of sufficient regular exercise, consuming toxic substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, and obesity."

"Genetic factors, however, are those we are born with and that cannot be changed," he explained.

He also made some recommendations about how to prevent cardiovascular diseases: 

  • Regular exercise a minimum of 3 times per week.
  • Not eating foods that promote cholesterol formation, such as fried foods and flour.
  • Not smoking, consuming alcohol, and other types of hallucinogenic drugs.
  • When there is a history of acute myocardial infarction in one's family history, especially younger than 50 years old, this is a genetic factor that must be considered.

For patients who already have been diagnosed or who have a cardiovascular pathology, these recommendations are even more important.

Likewise, according to the World Health Organization – WHO: "Every year more people die from cardiovascular disease than from any other cause. It is calculated that 17.5 million people died in 2012, representing 31% of all deaths recorded worldwide."

About Nuevo Hospital Bocagrande

Nuevo Hospital Bocagrande is a highly complex institution providing health care services in Cartagena, focusing on excellent care under high-quality standards. It has the only multi-disciplinary team that handles therapeutic diagnosis of all patients with cardiovascular diseases in the region (Colombian Atlantic Coast). In addition to providing experienced, high-quality, scientific and humane service, it is committed to patient health.

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SOURCE Nuevo Hospital Bocagrande (NHBG)



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