Cardivascular Disease and a Sedentary Life Style

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In today’s day and age, we want everything now, not later but now. We humans, have tendency to make our lifestyles as easy as possible. Hence, we created cars, trains, video games, Internet, computer and so many other things that make our lives hundred times easier. However, this has come at a cost. In our technologically advanced world we are following a dangerous course, involving a gradually increasing caloric intake and a steady decline in physical activity. We humans used to farm and hunt in order to get food. However, we grew out of that and now we have the luxury of having food brought to us, at our doorsteps. We don’t waste any energy in obtaining food, and this has caused us to have a sedentary life. This is a huge risk factor for development of chronic diseases.
During the first half of the 20th century, we have noticed that infectious diseases have declined in the United States, and chronic diseases have replaced them as the leading cause of mortality. Cardiovascular disease is an example of such disease. Cardiovascular disease can occur from behavioral, psychosocial and environmental factors and we need to examine each of them closely, so we could fight this problem. Our main goal is to prevent the disease, reduce any disability and prolong the life.
Cardiovascular Disease is broad term that encompasses several diseases related to heart or blood vessels or both. Some of which include, congenital heart abnormalities, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, diseases of the cardiac valves, cardiomyopathies, and cancer. There are many causes of CVD but hypertension and atherosclerosis (hardening of the artery) are most common. It’s true when H.L. Menchen said, “As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.”

... middle of paper ... to fund these various programs to better help society. For example, cardiovascular disease does not have a cure but rather the complications that can occur from having this disease can be costly for the individual. Open heart surgeries for Coronary Artery Disease, which is one of the many complications induced by this disease can cost tens of thousands of dollars for the individual in order to survive and stay alive. “The reduction of cardiovascular disease risk factors before the onset of disease offers an essential alternative to costly medical interventions targeting active disease” (Kenney, J. T., 2011). Even though these programs are costly, we need to be able to find a balance where the cost justifies the means. If it can help save patients money in the future, it is well worth the funds now to help the public through messages and dietary restrictions.

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