A stressed-out heart can become a heart without a beat if you give in to cardiovascular disease, which can result in heart attack or stroke if left unchecked and uncontrolled. The phrase “cardiovascular disease” is really an umbrella term for any number of heart-related health issues that affect the heart or the blood vessels that support it. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 20.5 million people die each year from cardiovascular disease.

While some cardiovascular disease can be the result of heredity versus lifestyle choices, all cardiovascular disease can be improved, and maybe even reversed, through manageable lifestyle adjustments. The WHO even states that 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, even if mom or dad passed on to you an inherited cardiac condition.

Based on a 2022 study, the American Heart Association has identified eight lifestyle modifications that can offset a high genetic risk for heart disease and offer “as many as 20 extra years of life free from heart disease.” The American Heart Association’s Life’s Essential 8 include:

  • Eating better
  • Being more active
  • Quitting tobacco
  • Getting healthy sleep
  • Managing weight
  • Controlling cholesterol
  • Managing blood sugar
  • Managing blood pressure

All EWTF participants are eligible to enroll in the Hello Heart program, at no additional cost, to monitor and improve cardiovascular health. Click here to enroll.