Americans and Heart Health

According to the American Heart Association, statistics prove that nearly 50% of Americans are now classified as experiencing some type of heart disease. While this information denotes a sharp rise over previous years, much of the increase is due to a change in guidelines defining high blood pressure as 130/80 rather than 140/90. The additional 10 systolic and diastolic points added millions of Americans to the already steep number of people suffering from heart disease. ReactDx’s line of remote cardiac monitors has long been at the forefront of tracking rate, rhythm, morphology, and P-wave analysis to evaluate patient short- and long-term cardiovascular health.

Although the number of Americans with heart disease seems inflated due to the change in blood pressure numbers, it is still a dangerous statistic. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with 840,000 patients succumbing to heart-related problems in 2015. Even more disheartening, the number of deaths, which has fallen every year for decades (mostly due to diminished smoking rates), rose by 4,000 between 2015 to 2016.

Cardiovascular disease has many factors that cannot be controlled, such as a genetic predisposition to heart disease, race, gender, and age. Other risk factors are increasing at a rate similar to heart disease, including diabetes mellitus, sedentary lifestyles, poor eating habits, and obesity. When comparing controllable and uncontrollable risk factors for cardiac disease, 80% of all cardiovascular disease could be prevented if patients stopped smoking, lowered their blood pressure, controlled their diabetes and cholesterol, exercised regularly, and ate a balanced diet. In fact, reducing body weight by 5% can lower blood pressure by 8 points.

Recent research determined the percentage of adults with ideal heart health has dropped within the past 20 years. The study included 3,460 patients by detailing their medical visits and measurements from 1991 to 2008. Using 7 biological and lifestyle markers — blood pressure, body mass index, diet, physical activity, tobacco use, total cholesterol, and blood sugar — researchers showed a drop from 8.5% to 5.9% of participants scoring “ideal” for their cardiovascular health score. Factors lowering the score were poorer results in blood pressure, body mass index, total cholesterol, and blood sugar.

Among other factors, the study proved that patients with higher scores on the heart health scale recovered more quickly from heart attacks while those with consistently low scores throughout the study were twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Patients who strived for improved cardiovascular health were still 70% more likely to suffer from heart problems, leading researchers to believe heart health must begin early in life for best results.

Learn more about the latest research in cardiovascular health by reading our blogs or contacting ReactDx online or at 800-23-HEART. You can rely on ReactDx’s line of state-of-the-art remote cardiac monitors for your patients to monitor their heart health.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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