Heart Disease Prevention for Caregivers

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[By Samantha Wanner]

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more than all forms of cancer combined. That’s why VITAS Healthcare has partnered with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease so caregivers can live healthier, longer lives.

As a physician or caregiver, you spend much of your time caring for those around you, and it’s easy to ignore your heart health. When you compromise your health, you compromise the care that you provide to those around you.

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Start by Taking Control

Knowledge is power and understanding your family history of heart disease is the first step in understanding your risk.

Lifestyle choices play a major role in heart disease prevention. Make sure you manage your stress levels, develop better eating habits and exercise 20 minutes per day.

You are not alone in your journey to heart health. The American Heart Association is your resource for heart health.

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One Response

  1. Heart Disease Deaths Increased 3% From 2011-2014

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data on trends in heart disease and cancer mortality. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • Heart disease remains the leading cause of death overall for the US, at 614,348 deaths in 2014.
    • In 2000, there were only 2 states where cancer was the leading cause of death; in 2014, there were 22.
    • The number of heart disease deaths decreased from a peak of 771,169 in 1985 to 596,577 in 2011.
    • From 1950 to 2011, the number of cancer deaths nearly tripled from 210,733 to 576,691.
    • The number of deaths due to heart disease increased by 3% from 2011-2014.
    • Cancer deaths increased by 2.6%, from 576,691 in 2011 to 591,699 in 2014.

    Source: CDC, August 2016

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