New data shows nearly half of adults in the country have some form of heart disease, according to The American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics 2019 update.
The organization said the increase is mainly due to the updated definition of having high blood pressure, which is a reading of ‘130 over 80’.
Over 840,000 people in the United States died from heart disease in 2016, the organization reported.
Some of the ways to prevent heart disease include controlling high blood pressure and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
But another study showed many Americans are not doing anything to lose weight even though they are aware of the health risks.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic surveyed over 1,000 adults and around 60% were worried about getting heart disease due to their weight.
But when asked how many had actually made changes to their diet, only about 40% said ‘yes.’
Almost half of the adults surveyed thought that a healthy way to lose weight was to use artificial sweeteners, but studies have shown they do not.
20% of those surveyed said they did not think their diet had an impact on their heart health.
“So there’s a lot of inertia,” Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Steven Nissen said. ‘There’s a lot of lack of knowledge of how to approach the problem, and of course, this epidemic is now completely out of control.”
Experts said shedding just 5% of your body weight is beneficial to see an impact.