Cardiovascular Disease Kills Millions of People Every Year
Cardiovascular diseases are the principal cause of death in the world today. In 2013, they resulted in the demise of 17.3 million people accounting for 31.5% of all human deaths that year. These figures show that cardiovascular disease is a serious cause of human suffering and involuntary population decline. Preventing and treating this disease requires a thorough understanding of what it is and how it affects the human body.
What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease is a classification of various ailments that affect the blood vessels or the heart. Sometimes, researchers abbreviate it as CVD. Commonly known types of CVD are heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, and congenital heart disease among others. It is important to note that about 90% of all cardiovascular diseases are preventable. Preventing CVD is better than managing it so you should take as many precautions as possible. The first step in doing so is to understand the risk factors involved.
Causes of cardiovascular disease
The risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and poor dieting. Other causes are alcoholism and living a sedentary lifestyle. Genetics are also a critical risk factor when it comes to CVD. Studies show that a person with parents who have suffered from cardiovascular disease is three times more likely to develop it than a person whose parents did not suffer from it.
The chances of a person getting CVD also increase with age. In fact, 82% of the individuals who die from heart disease are 65 years and older.
Some studies also show that particulate matter in the air because of pollution increases the risk of developing CVD. It also increases the mortality rate of CVD.
How do you prevent CVD?
The best way of doing so is avoid or minimize all the risk factors associated with it. For example, stop smoking completely and avoid second hand smoke. You should also limit your level of alcohol consumption.
Additionally, eating healthy food keeps your blood cholesterol levels low preventing clogs in your arteries.
You should also exercise - preferably on a daily basis - to keep your body in general and your circulatory system in particular fit.
Scientists estimate that by 2030, more than 23 million individuals will be dying from cardiovascular disease every year. It means that more people will by dying every year than the total number of people living in the Netherlands today.
It is time for humans to change this disturbing tendency. As mentioned earlier, CVD is preventable so people should adopt practices that prolong their health as opposed to making it worse.