Heart disease still on the rise in 2013

Heart disease still on the rise in 2013

Just another wake up call for those thinking that heart disease can be fixed with a pill.  It cannot, as heart disease is mostly a lifestyle disease.

“Women are juggling motherhood, wifehood, daughterhood, and being full-time workers.  With the pressures of being in the workforce, more women are getting what was once a man’s disease — heart disease.  You can change the lifestyle habits that are causing a dramatic rise in heart disease.  This is a choice of diet and exercise.  It’s just that simple”
Cardiologist Dr Suzanne Steinbaum, director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York.

"A big thing is Americans, for the most part, have lost track of who is responsible for their health.  Americans think it’s someone else, and they don’t have that discipline every day to be on top of their risk factors”
Cardiologist Dr Tracy L. Stevens, Saint Luke’s Health System, Kansas City.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a plaque accumulation in the arteries giving a much greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

The latest analysis in the journal The Lancet says:

  1. PAD rose almost 24% in just 10 years (2000-2010)
  2. The heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (AFIB) has increased and expected to more than double by 2050
  3. A University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 2012 study published in the journal Neurology, found that by 2005, people under age 55 were suffering strokes at 50% higher rates than in 1993-1994
  4. A July 2013 study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that the risk of children and teens having high blood pressure rose 27% over the last 13 years

As reported by everydayhealth.com on October 8, 2013.  Original article was medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD.

Posted: Wednesday 9 October 2013