No, this isn’t about how you can evade a murderer. Dr. Tom Frieden shares how we can avoid heart disease, the number one cause of death in America. Cardiovascular disease is the major source of health care costs in the US. In addition, it also causes disability and related economic loss. CNN has the details:
All of us need to know and control our blood pressure -- the lower the better, down to 120/80. For many of us -- including me -- that means medicine every day for the rest of our lives. People who have had a heart attack or stroke should take a statin. Others at risk are recommended to do so, although there are differing views of the potential population-wide benefit of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
No one should smoke cigarettes or inhale other people's smoke.
We need to walk more -- up stairs, outside, to and from work or school, basically anywhere we enjoy walking or can comfortably walk.
We need to find healthy food we like -- vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, fish -- and eat more of it. And we should consume less salt, and when we do use salt, use low-sodium salt and low-sodium soy sauce (except for people on a potassium-restricted diet).
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