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2,200 Deaths Per Day

Posted on 02/7/2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. Heart disease is also a leading cause of disability in this country. Cardiovascular disease is costly too...in 2010 it cost the nation more than $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity.

More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer, according to the American Heart Association. If you can't believe it, check out this thought provoking video that shows how a busy "super" mom takes care of everyone but herself:http://www.youtube.com/OfficialGoRed4Women

Concerned? You should be...there is a way to prevent it! Since February is American Heart Month, I thought you might like to learn how to prevent heart disease so you or someone you love does not become a statistic. It's pretty simple...know your numbers.

Know your numbers!  
  •  Total cholesterol should be less than 200mg/dL. 
  • LDL "Bad" cholesterol to less than 160 mg/dL-70 mg/dL, depending on your risk.
  • HDL "Good" cholesterol for women should be 50 mg/dL or higher and men should be 40 mg/dL or higher.
  • Triglycerides should be less than 150 mg/dL.
  • Blood pressure should be less than 120/80 mmHg.
  • Fasting glucose (blood sugar) should be less than 100 mg/dL.
  • Body mass index should be less than 25 kg/m2.
  • Waist circumference for women should be 35 inches or less and men 40 or less.
  • Physical activity for 30 minutes a day for 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes.
  • Eliminate all tobacco products.
  • Consume no more than 1 alcoholic drink per day for women and 2 for men.
  • Eat 6-8 servings of whole grains per day.
  • Eat 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day with a variety of colors and types.
  • Eat 2-3 cups of fat-free or low-fat dairy products per day.
  • Eat 3-6 oz. of lean protein.
  • Limit fats and oils to 2-3 servings per day.
  • Eat 3-5 servings of nuts, seeds and legumes per week.
  • Limit sodium to less than 1,500 mg per day.
  • Limit cholesterol to 300 mg per day or less.
  • Limit sugars to no more than 100 calories per day for women and 150 calories per day for men.

The American Heart Association has additional advice on improving one's heart health at americanheart.org. Check it out!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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