Cardiovascular Disease And The United States Essay

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“Cardiovascular (heart) disease (CVD): refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke” (Mayo clinic, 2014). The United States of America has an estimated life expectancy of 79.56 years at birth; considerably lower than other developed high income countries such as the United Kingdom or Canada (CIA World Factbook, 2014). In fact, it appears one of the major factors that reduces life expectancy and causes death in the US is cardiovascular disease (John Hopkins Medicine, 2014). CVD in the US causes a total of more deaths than cancer, accidents, and chronic respiratory diseases combined (John Hopkins Medicine, 2014). The aim of this essay is to highlight the presence and specific causes of cardiovascular disease in the United States and evaluate actual and potential responses to them. The growing issue of cardiovascular disease is due to many different causes such as lack of awareness, a sedentary lifestyle, and the lack of a universal healthcare system to which the US is responding to via various initiatives and programs.
Essentially, the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the US may be linked to a lack of awareness. In order to prevent death due to a heart attack, it is crucial to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms which need to be treated before conditions start to get serious. In 2005, a survey conducted found that 92 percent of Americans were familiar with chest pain as symptom of…

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