Time is shifting every day, every minute. If there is one thing in the world that is constant, that would be ‘change.’ Change is the only thing that is constant. Change is inevitable. In ancient times, people had to do manual labor to earn their foods, survive the nature. Modern inventions have given us freedom from those monotonous hard works. But it has also given us life-threatening conditions like heart disease. Cardiovascular diseases are one of the main factors of death in the modern world. People die every day because of heart attacks, heart failures, strokes, high blood pressure, etc. It is hard to find a family in which no one has a heart-related condition these days.
- Why are cardiovascular diseases deadly?
Cardiovascular means ‘related to the heart.’ It should not come as a surprise to even an uneducated person that the heart is the only thing that is keeping us from dropping dead. If the heart stops beating for even a couple of minutes, death is imminent. So, diseases related to the heart is very serious and could be fatal.
- Who is at more risk?
Cardiovascular disease can happen to anyone. Even babies could be born with defective heart function. But that is a different story. In this article, we are talking about the heart diseases that are developed due to our own actions or rather, lack of them. But usually, people of middle to late ages are more at risk of heart diseases. And people who smoke are thousand times more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases than a non-smoker. If we are talking about gender, women are generally less likely to develop heart diseases than men. But in every case, there are exceptions. Genetics is also a major factor to count in on this matter. People with a history of heart disease in their family are at greater risk than those who don’t.
- Prevention of cardiovascular disease
Prevention is always better than cure. That goes for this too. You are better safe than sorry in case of heart diseases. Regular exercise can keep your heart healthy and sound. If you are a smoker, give up. Smoking hardens the artery and blood vessels. Hence constricting the blood flow to the heart or from the heart. A blood clot can form at any time and cut off the blood flow to the heart’s chamber. It could lead to a fatal heart failure. You should also have a proper diet. Higher cholesterol level in the blood is very dangerous for your heart. So exercise, eat healthily and don’t smoke. That would be the main focus of preventing cardiovascular diseases.
- Mortality rates
In the US, heart-related diseases are the number one cause of death. Although the heart-related issues were slowly declining, in recent years, the rate again went up. It went up by almost a percent in one year. The statistics are not showing any sign of declination again.
Keeping the heart sound and healthy should be a major agenda in our life if we want to live a long and happy life. But to be on the safe side, the US govt. is offering Medicare Supplement plans 2019 for the elderly citizens.