Announced on September 13, 2011, Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years, by changing behaviors.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts in the U.S.
The George Washington University, located at 2300 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 2003, formed partnerships with the above organizations to reduce heart attacks and strokes.
Cardiovascular disease is the primary origin of fatality among both men and women in the United States, approximately 800,000 deaths.
1 in 3 individual has conditions involving Blood vessels like atherosclerosis. Block arteries are slow progressive, cumulative and start early in life. This is greatly due to the result of the accumulation of fatty materials such as cholesterol. Familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder, may be responsible in some cases.
However in the majority of situations, the leading reasons of cardiovascular events are:
- Metabolic syndrome based on insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, hypertension, high triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol.
- Diabetes, type I and II (over366 million people worldwide).
- High blood pressure (a systolic blood pressure ≥140 mm Hg or a diastolic blood pressure ≥90 mm Hg).
- General obesity.
- Drugs addiction: legal or illegal.
All the above specified mentioned conditions are chronic illnesses. If genetic is not concerned, different factors may be involved like:
- Sedentary life style.
- Overuse of specific medications.
- Interaction between medications.
- Environmental influences.
In many instances a simple dose of some prescribed medication can trigger heart problems. One example is that of the drug,
- ondansetron or Zofran, a 5-HT3 serotonin receptor antagonist. According to recent information published on September 15, 2011 and reinforced by the FDA: “this specific tablet may increase the risk of developing prolongation of the QT interval of the electrocardiogram, which can lead to an abnormal and potentially fatal heart rhythm, including Torsade de Pointes.”
Obviously, it is not the only pill that may increase the risk of cardiovascular events.
Simple low-cost care: Nutrition
Poor nutrition, alone (particularly foods high in fat, salt, and so on) is a key element in the development of ailments.
Every year, $444 billion are needed to cover the cost in medical care and loss of productivity in Americans.
“Be in charge of your health”