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One-Third Of Deaths In The U.S. Are Caused By Cardiovascular Disease

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By Stephen Feller   |   Dec. 16, 2015 at 2:42 PM

One-third of deaths in the United States are caused by cardiovascular disease. Among other risk factors that could use some improving, researchers reported that one-third of adults in the United States have no physical activity outside of work.  While progress has been made on the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, researchers said there is ample opportunity to improve.


DALLAS, Dec. 16 (UPI) — Cardiovascular disease is the cause of one out of every three deaths in the United States, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. While data shows cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in both the United States and around the world, researchers said the numbers on smoking, diet and physical activity show potential to prevent and manage the conditions.

“We need to maintain our vigor and resolve in promoting good cardiovascular health through lifestyle and recognition and treatment of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking,” said Dr. Mark Creager, director of the Heart and Vascular Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in a press release. “We’ve made progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease, but the battle is not won.”


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