Cardiovascular disease in its various forms remains the number one cause of death worldwide. According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 18 million people will die this year from cardiovascular disease. This number accounts for approximately 31% of all deaths worldwide.
The World Health Organization pointed out that heart attacks and strokes were responsible for 85% of these deaths. Recently, researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, specified three simple, medically verified interventions which, if implemented on a global scale, could prevent millions of people from premature death.
More precisely, the Harvard researchers explain that these three simple interventions could help prevent premature death from cardiovascular disease for approximately 100 million people over the next 25 years.
The three interventions are:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering sodium consumption
- Eliminating trans fats from one’s diet
The team’s results were recently published in the journal Circulation.
In their paper, the researchers estimated that if they could make high blood pressure treatments available to 70% of the world’s population, approximately 40 million people would be saved from premature death. They also estimated that a reduction of salt consumption by 30% would save an additional 40 million people from premature death, in addition to helping normalize their blood pressure. The team’s final estimate stated that reducing or eliminating trans fats from one’s diet would prevent approximately 20 million people from premature death.
According to the study’s lead author, Dr. Goodarz Danaei, an associate professor of global health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, “Focusing our resources on the combination of these three interventions can have a huge potential impact on cardiovascular health through 2040.”
He further added, “These are realistic goals that have been shown to be attainable on smaller scales. We need the commitment to scale up the programs to achieve them globally.”
As an example of the implementation of one of these ideas, the researchers noted that Kaiser Permanente, in Northern California, increased their blood pressure control measures to 90% of their participants between 2001 and 2013.
At Beacon of LIFE, a government-approved PACE program in Oceanport, NJ, we already prioritize these three recommendations.
Beacon of LIFE maintains an interdisciplinary team of professionals who give each client the coordinated care they need. Our staff specialize in working with older people, and work with each client and their family to develop the most effective plan of care.
We provide a variety of services, including primary care, hospital care, medical specialty services, prescription drugs, nursing home care, emergency services, home care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, adult day care, recreational therapy, meals, dentistry, nutritional counseling, social services, laboratory / X-ray services, social work counseling, and transportation.
Our care and services allow people who would otherwise need to live in a nursing home to live where they want — in their own communities, in their own homes.