How healthy is your heart?

Continuing from Last months theme about heart health, here are a few general heart statistics that are disturbing.

•    Cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is still the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 40% of deaths annually.
•    Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from coronary heart disease (16 deaths a day).
•    Many of those deaths are premature and preventable.
•    Obesity is a risk factor for a number of diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), osteoarthritis and some cancers.
•    One in twenty adults have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. That’s 161,000 adults and includes 118,500 with angina and 89,400 who have had a heart attack resulting in them being hospitalised.
•    Approximately one in two New Zealanders are obese or overweight.
•    One in five New Zealanders older than 15 smoke.
•    It is estimated that 5,000 people in New Zealand die prematurely from smoking related illnesses each year – this equates to around 12 people a day dying from smoking.

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