Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a general term that includes many different conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. According to the American Heart Association, over 39 million American men (1 in 3) suffer from one or more of these conditions, and every year just under half a million of them die of cardiovascular disease (1 in 4 men)—that’s more than cancer and diabetes combined. Approximately 392,000 men and 419,000 women die from cardiovascular disease each year. CVD is also a major cause of disability and decreases the quality of life for millions of people.
Good nutrition and lifestyle play big roles in keeping your heart healthy. You can decrease your risk of heart disease by making smart food choices. Fill up on fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils. Choose plant-based fats, such as avocado, nuts, seeds and olive oil, instead of animal-based fats such as butter. Read on to learn more about ways to protect your heart.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, so it naturally occupies a spot as one of the most pressing public health concerns. Yet at the same time, deaths associated with the disease have declined dramatically over the last decades, raising the hope that further improvements in heart health are on the horizon. If you are a public health professional and your work touches upon this common killer, below you will find useful free resources to help you stay abreast of the latest developments and informed of the essentials.