USE IS A GLOBAL, UNIVERSAL CALL TO ACTION. It means using our head, influence and compassion to beat cardiovascular disease, the world’s number one killer
Cardiovascular Disease has many causes: from smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, to air pollution, and less common conditions such as Chagas disease and cardiac amyloidosis. World Heart Day on September 29 is an opportunity for everyone to stop and consider how best to use heart for humanity, for nature, and for you.
According to the CDC, about half of all Americans (47%) have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.
Below are resources to help you kick-start your heart health, whether that is increasing your physical activity, changing your diet, getting your cholesterol under control, or quitting smoking.
Before you make any health related changes, be sure to check in with your primary care physician.
HEART DISEASE IN THE UNITED STATES
World Heart day 2022
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USE (heart icon) FOR HUMANITY
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USE (heart icon) FOR NATURE
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USE (heart icon) for you
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CHALLENGING INEQUITY IN HEART HEALTHCARE
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USE (incorporating heart icon) FOR HUMANITY
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FIGHTING AIR POLLUTION NOW, FOR THE HEALTH OF FUTURE GENERATIONS.
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USE (incorporating heart icon) FOR NATURE
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PRACTICING SELF-CARE FOR OUR OWN HEARTS
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HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
HEART HEALTH RESOURCES
By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels normal and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack. The CDC guides you through choosing healthy habits and taking charge of your medical conditions. >>Learn More
Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control. The CDC runs through the various risk factors. >>Learn More
Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. You don’t need to be a chef to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals your family will love. The American Heart Association guides you through what to look for at the grocery store, restaurants, your workplace and any eating occasion. >>Learn More
Along with eating right and being active, real health includes getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, managing stress, AND keeping mind and body fit. The American Heart Association has resources to guide you through positive steps to build a healthier life routine. >>Learn More
Download this informational guide from the World Heart Federation with tips on eating well, getting active, quitting tobacco. >>Download
FEEA RESOURCES TO HELP JUMP-START YOUR HEALTH
Facts and figures courtesy of the CDC
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. About Multiple Cause of Death, 1999–2020. CDC WONDER Online Database website. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2022. Accessed February 21, 2022.
- Tsao CW, Aday AW, Almarzooq ZI, Beaton AZ, Bittencourt MS, Boehme AK, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2022 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2022;145(8):e153–e639.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): household component summary tables: medical conditions, United States. Accessed April 8, 2021.
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