A New Survey by Cardi Health Ranks the Prevalence of 5 Risk Factors Behind Heart Disease

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1 min read Updated on September 18, 2023

A report released by the cardiovascular health company Cardi Health shows the ranking of the top 5 heart disease risk factors that are common among Cardi Health users. Diabetes and smoking took a surprisingly low place on the list.

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The company has surveyed 11,408 adult Americans with high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure. The survey revealed that the two most common factors among Cardi Health users are low levels of physical activity (75%) and obesity (74%).

Exercise lowers blood pressure, increases oxygen amount in the blood, and strengthens the heart muscle. Also, it reduces the risk of developing diabetes and helps maintain a healthy weight. All of these are independent risk factors for heart disease.

The survey has also uncovered some other surprising factors that impact heart health. 28% of respondents said they have food allergies, only 15% revealed they have diabetes, and 6% mentioned that they smoke.

While food allergies might not be directly impacting cardiovascular health, they reduce the overall quality of life.

The most interesting finding of the survey is that diabetes ranks quite low. It takes 4th place, even though it’s one of the most dangerous comorbidities that accelerates heart disease.

However, diabetes was not as prevalent in the survey as one might expect. People who have diabetes should regularly pay a visit to a doctor. Diabetes damages the nerves, and people who have it should be checked out as soon as possible.

Finally, smoking came in last. This is not as surprising as diabetes because smoking is generally on the decline in the US. According to the CDC, 20.9% of Americans smoked in 2005, but that number dropped to 12.5% in 2020.

Review the full “American Hearts report” here.

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About Cardi Health

Robertas Pranevicius, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at Cardi Health.

Cardi Health is a digital solution for managing and preventing cardiovascular diseases. Comprised of the Cardi Health app, BP monitor, and Smart Scales, the company offers round-the-clock heart health support.

Cardi Health is a member of the American Heart Association and part of the Kilo Health group.

Find Cardi Health at https://cardi.health/ or contact the team at [email protected].

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Robertas Pranevicius is a medical advisor at Cardi Health who earned his Master’s degree and cardiology residency from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. He specializes in interventional cardiology and performs both diagnostic and therapeutic invasive procedures. In recent years, he has focused on structural heart disease treatment, such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

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