admin - July 16, 2012
It’s been all over the news that Andy Griffith, the actor best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” has passed away. When the death certificate was released, the public learned what caused the death of the beloved actor: a heart attack.
In more detail, the certificate states that the 86-year-old actor suffered the heart attack a full 24 hours before the official time of his death, 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3. Griffith spent years suffering from other illnesses that eventually contributed to his death including coronary artery disease, hypertension and high cholesterol.
What You Can Learn from Andy Griffith’s Fatal Heart Attack
Andy Griffith is just one of many who succumbed to the deadly illness called cardiovascular disease. Heart attacks are prominent throughout the United States and along with strokes, they affect approximately 1.5 million Americans a year.
It’s old news that this disease is a serious, often fatal condition that accounts for numerous deaths every year. Cardiovascular disease alone is the number one killer of adults in the United States. The illness causes one in every three deaths among American adults.
Part of the reason heart disease is so prominent is because risk factors are abundant and are gradually increasing. Because of unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, two-thirds of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. One-third of adult Americans have hypertension, 17 to 21 percent are smokers, 15 percent have high cholesterol and 8 percent have diabetes. All of these conditions put individuals at greater risk for developing heart disease and one day experiencing a fatal heart attack.
The positive side of the story is that there are ways to lower your risk of heart disease along with preventive measures you can take to avoid becoming a part of these statistics. Being proactive and taking the time to become knowledgeable about your health status can benefit yourself and your loved ones.
Simple lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables, good proteins and nutrients along with frequent exercise, weight control, avoiding cigarettes and lowering your alcohol consumption can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease dramatically.
Preventive health screenings like those offered by Life Line Screening can help identify cardiovascular disease or stroke risk before the unthinkable happens. Take care of the problem before it leads to deadly consequences by scheduling a health screening today.
To read the full article describing some of the latest heart disease and stroke statistics, visit this link: http://www.cardiosmart.org/News/Default.aspx?id=3976