The best way to avoid the costly pain and suffering of heart disease is prevention. Here in Syracuse this awareness should be used to encourage more people to eat heart healthy foods, stay away from smoking, and spend more time exercising in the fresh air at some of the many beautiful outdoor places here such as Onondaga Lake Park.
Mary Elizabeth Dallas has written for HealthDay “Heart Disease Prevention May Save Billions Annually in U.S.”.
A new policy statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) has said that prevention is the key to cutting down on the soaring cost of heart disease in the United States. The Syracuse community must encourage prevention to avoid heart disease just like the remainder of the nation should due to the high medical costs and high costs of loss of productivity which are associated with heart disease in this community.
Heart experts are advising it would be a wise long-term investment in the nation’s health and economy to make heart disease prevention a national priority with programs to better manage cholesterol, blood pressure and tobacco use. Dr. William S. Weintraub said in an AHA news release “What we spend on cardiovascular disease is not sustainable. But we can afford to prevent it. Ultimately, we can’t afford not to.” It has been suggested that community-based changes must be made to make adopting healthier lifestyles easier. Furthermore, it has been estimated that every $1 spent on the construction of walking or biking paths would cut medical costs by $3.
The heart experts feel that the following steps should be taken: “Require schools to offer proper physical education and other opportunities to exercise on a daily basis, ensure that schools provide more fruits and vegetables for lunch and fewer foods high in salt and sugar, push for construction of communities that incorporate physical activity and promote the establishment of sidewalks and bike trails, cut down on added sugar, salt and trans fats in foods, encourage local stores to carry affordable fresh produce, ban smoking in restaurants and other indoor spaces, boost taxes on tobacco products to further discourage their use, and ensure adequate funding for smoking cessation programs.” The AHA has taken the position that taking steps to prevent heart disease now could have long-term economic and physiological benefits.
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Mandel News Service