Friday, May 20, 2016

Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions Featured on Healthy People 2020's "Who's Leading?" Bulletin

Regular checkups that measure weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels can help people from heart disease.

According to data for 2014, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death.

Additionally, heart disease and stroke are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the Nation today, accounting for more than $500 billion in health care expenditures and related expenses in 2010 alone.

Fortunately, they are also among the most preventable. Clinical preventive services to prevent cardiovascular disease alone could save tens of thousands of lives each year.

Between 2008 and 2014, the Colorado Heart Health Solutions Program served 40,000 individuals, many of whom were at risk for cardiovascular disease. 

As a result of the program, at-risk participants saw improvements in cardiovascular disease risk factors, including decreases in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels. In addition, 21% of at-risk participants decreased their weekly fat intake, 22% increased their physical activity levels, and 17% of smokers quit smoking.

Check out Healthy People 2020 to read more about Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions.

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