How NOT to die from heart disease
Heart disease is a killer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a very dark picture:
About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.1
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.1
Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.1
Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.2
Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.3 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
Vacations are heart healthy.
A very famous study showed that women who took at least 2 vacations a year are eight times LESS likely to have coronary heart disease.
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women and accounts for 1 in 4 deaths.
But you are healthy, right? Almost 2/3 of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
Think men are immune? Think again. Men, with heart disease, who do NOT take vacations were 32% more likely to die from a heart attack than those that took vacations.
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Happy and healthy travels,
Natalie, the Educational Tourist