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The Benefits of Prevention

 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes both heart disease and stroke, is our nation’s leading cause of long term disability and death. We need you to educate your legislators on the benefits of CVD prevention efforts.

Click here to educate your legislators on CVD prevention.

Unfortunately, the process related to CVD starts early and can be influenced over time by lifestyle, environment and modifiable risk factors which include smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and physical inactivity among others.

Despite this, we do have some good news to report. In many instances CVD can be prevented if individuals take steps to modify their risk factors. This can be done by eating a heart healthy diet, and making sure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

A great deal of evidence shows that the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and environment are worth the investment. Studies show that reducing hypertension and smoking results in lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. Research also shows that comprehensive coverage of tobacco cessation programs within Medicaid reduce hospitalizations for heart attack and have resulted in return on investment of a little over $3.00 for every one dollar spent on health care.

Additionally, implementation of community based programs designed to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and reduce tobacco use show a return on investment of $5.60 for every dollar spent within 5 years.

We hope that you will continue to keep CVD issues close to your heart by clicking the link above and educating your legislator on the benefits of prevention.

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