Are heart attacks on the decline? How is 2016 tracking in comparison to previous years? According to the Center for Disease Control, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, is the number one killer of men and women in the United States annually. In honor of February (Heart Month), we’ve gathered some facts about Acute Myocardial Infarctions (aka heart attacks). According to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education:
“Acute myocardial infarction (MI) remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Myocardial infarction occurs when myocardial ischemia, a diminished blood supply to the heart, exceeds a critical threshold and overwhelms myocardial cellular repair mechanisms designed to maintain normal operating function and homeostasis. Ischemia at this critical threshold level for an extended period results in irreversible myocardial cell damage or death.”
For an overview on how 2016 is stacking up against previous years, check out a fact sheet from Health Leaders Media and Truven Health Analytics here: Heart Attack Trends
While heart disease can be influenced by genetics, there are many other factors involved in heart health, including nutrition and physical activity. Wellness programs can help to ensure that you and your employees have your heart health in check.
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