The Importance of Heart Disease Prevention
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? Heart disease is any disease or condition that negatively affects the heart or surrounding blood vessels. Some common forms of heart disease include coronary artery disease, heart attack, and atrial fibrillation. While all these conditions vary slightly in how they affect the heart, they are all considered a form of heart disease and they should be well understood as they pose a serious threat to a person’s heart health and overall wellbeing.
According to the CDC, heart disease is responsible for roughly 614,000 deaths annually; by comparison, all forms of cancer combined are responsible for approximately 591,000 deaths annually. To put that into perspective, about 1 in 4 Americans can expect to receive some form or heart disease diagnosis in his/her lifetime. Why do so many people suffer from heart disease? There are many factors that can contribute to various heart conditions but a poor diet and lack of exercise are major contributors.
In order to prevent heart disease, the CDC recommends maintaining a healthy diet rich in nutrients, lean fats, and low sodium, as well as engaging in physical activity regularly. A nutritious diet paired with an active lifestyle can help prevent heart disease by preventing plaque buildup in arteries, helping the heart pump properly, and ensuring healthy blood pressure.
Fitango Health knows the value of maintaining a healthy heart and offers ActionPlans with tips and tools to help clients stay on top of their heart health. Fitango ActionPlans provide educational lessons that explain which foods to avoid and which to incorporate more into meals for heart conscious clients. Additionally Fitango’s ActionPlans offer trackers that allow patients to monitor their physical activity. This is just another way Fitango Health is looking out for your heart!
Fitango Health team members participated in the Cycle for Survival in New York on Friday, March 10th. Cycle for Survival's indoor team cycling events raise funds that are critical for rare cancer research as 100% of every donation to Cycle for Survival is directly allocated to research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within six months of the events. This year, all of the events around the country raised more than $32 million dollars!