A Healthier America starts with a bigger focus on Heart Health

The American Heart Association and U.S. officials are turning up the heat for a healthy America. An ambitious set of new goals have been put into effect to reduce deaths from heart attacks, strokes, and coronary heart disease.

The goals emphasize the need for prevention rather than a target limit for heart-related deaths.

“The goal is to shift the population to a healthier lifestyle,” said Dr. Ralph L. Sacco, president of the AHA.

These goals are part of a larger picture set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called “Healthy People 2020”. The goal is to improve overall health within the next decade, with heart health being a large focus.

Traditional goals have been set such as reductions of heart-related deaths but the Healthy People 2020 program takes it up a notch:

  • Increase number of people who have blood pressure & cholesterol tested
  • Increase number of people who use preventative measures for high blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Raise awareness of early signs/symptoms of heart attack & stroke.

The AHA has also created the “Life’s Simple 7” which is a set of measures, that if followed, will lead to good cardiovascular health.

  1. Get Active
  2. Control Cholesterol
  3. Eat Better
  4. Manage Blood Pressure
  5. Lose Weight
  6. Reduce Blood Sugar
  7. Don’t Smoke

As the term implies, this sounds simple enough in theory, but it will require some major lifestyle changes by a lot of Americans.

Information from this post was found through Health.com. To read Health.com’s article in its entirety, click here.

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