Heart Diseases: Number 1 Cause of Death Worldwide According to a Study

Dec 18, 2015 03:00 PM EST | By Pao Uychiat


Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease is known to be the number one causes of death all over the world. Fad diets and the right exercise is what keeps busy people live a healthier life these days.

However, an article in Indian Express said that there is a study that in 2013, one out of three deaths in the US was caused by stroke, cardiovascular diseases or heart disease. Heart disease and stroke showed that they were number 1 and 2 killers worldwide in that same year.

The American Heart Association's 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update recorded 31 percent of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease, 80 percent of which happens in the low to middle class income countries; Stroke got 11.8 percent of all deaths. Mark Creager, president, American Heart Association (AHA) said "Statistics about cardiovascular disease and stroke, and particularly the metrics about death and the factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease are incredibly important." He added that despite the efforts to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke, the number still came out high.

Cardiovascular disease is not only recorded to be the top cause of death in the US but worldwide according to David Siscovick, the senior vice-president for research at the New York Academy of Medicine. Siscovick added that Obesity, hypertension and diabetes are known to be global epidemics.

The recent update shows and follows the health factors and behaviors known to be factors that contribute to good cardiovascular health. Habits like smoking status, healthy diet, physical activity, weight management and control in blood pressure and blood sugar.

Creager said "We need to maintain our vigour and resolve in promoting good cardiovascular health through lifestyle and recognition and treatment of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking. We have made progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease, but the battle is not won."

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