Joelle Reizes - September 14, 2012
3 Shocking Atrial Fibrillation Statistics
Why should you care about atrial fibrillation? We know this heart arrhythmia is impacting more and more people every year and can lead to serious heart problems, and in honor of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness month, now’s the best time to care.
Even if you know what AFib is, you probably didn’t know this:
Currently, more than 5.1 million people are living with AFib. StopAFib.org declares this number is expected to triple by 2050. Although many people think atrial fibrillation isn’t serious, it has the ability to weaken the heart and lead to further (and often deadly) health problems like stroke and heart attack.
Treatment of AFib is estimated to cost a total of $6.65 billion per year. This includes the costs of hospitalization, in and outpatient care and medications. Since the number of people affected by AFib is expected to rise, the amount of money spent on its treatment will rise as well.
AFib is responsible for 15 to 20 percent of all ischemic strokes. Most strokes are asymptomatic and sufferers don’t even realize they’re occurring. If you know you have AFib, however, you can manage it to avoid consequences like strokes. For those who have AFib, risk of ischemic stroke increases by five times.
These statistics show that atrial fibrillation is something we should all be aware of and on the lookout for. The condition itself may not directly cause death often, but complications resulting from the improper management of the condition can in fact lead to deadly consequences. Don’t put yourself in that position. Spot AFib early through a preventive health screening and get on the path to treating this dangerous heart condition.
To read more statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control, view this link: http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_atrial_fibrillation.htm
Common Household Chemical Linked to Heart Disease
New reports released in early September are stating a common household chemical known as PFOA may be linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The chemical is often found in everyday household objects like polishes, paper coatings, food packaging, fire-retardant foams and lubricants.
According to the NY Daily News, levels of the chemical can be found in 98 percent of Americans. Not only that; the chemical is known to exist in the body for years.
The study that found these results reviewed more than 1,200 men and women with average ages in the 50’s. Results revealed participants with the highest levels of PFOA in their blood had double the risk of developing heart disease or stroke when compared to subjects with the lowest amount of PFOA in their blood.
“Even at the low exposure levels of PFOAs found in most Americans,” said researcher Anoop Shankar, MD, PhD, MPH of the West Virginia University School of Public Health in the article, “there is a positive association between increasing levels of PFOAs and cardiovascular disease.”
To read the full NY Daily News article on PFOAs and heart disease, view this link: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/study-links-household-chemical-pfoa-heart-disease-strokes-article-1.1153481?localLinksEnabled=false
Good News: Study Finds Preventive Measures Pay Off
We really don’t want to say ‘I told you so.’
If you read our blog regularly, you’ve probably seen us mention ways preventive action and lifestyle changes can protect you from conditions like stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and more. This time, we have proof that what we’re saying truly matters.
A new study conducted by researchers in Germany found that when patients with high risk factors for stroke and dementia follow recommended preventive treatment guidelines, they benefit in the long-run.
Researchers studied about 4,000 people over the age of 55 living in Germany who were given prevention recommendations for stroke and dementia from their family doctors. The results from those patients were compared with 13,000 in another town that did not receive prevention recommendations.
In a five-year time span, the amount of long-term care needed by patients who received the recommendations dropped 10 percent in comparison to those who did not receive prevention guidelines.
“We found that not only the risk of long-term care dependence was lower, but also that death rates decreased,” said the study’s lead author, Horst Bickel, senior researcher in the department of psychiatry at the Technical University of Munich in a HealthDay article. “Primary prevention pays off.”
There you have it: an actual study that demonstrates what we’re constantly urging you to do. Taking preventive measures now gives you a better chance of health for the long-run. Learn more about our preventive health screenings now to see what else you can do for your health.
How have preventive measures benefited your health? Share with us below.
To read the full HealthDay article on this study, view this link: http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/hsn/preventive-measures-pay-off-for-those-at-risk-of-stroke
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