Cardi Health Uncovers the Top 2 Modifiable Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among Large-Scale Study Participants

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2 min read Updated on September 18, 2023

Survey data released by Cardi Health, a digital cardiovascular health solution for managing and preventing heart diseases, has explored the top 5 factors known to accelerate heart disease in the US. The company has shared that 4 out of 5 of these factors can be controlled.

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The survey analyzed responses from 11,408 Cardi Health users in the US who reported having cardiovascular health problems such as high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. Results showed that 75% of respondents reported being physically inactive, while 74% had a body mass index indicating obesity. Other significant factors common among the respondents included food allergies (28%), diabetes (15%), and smoking (6%).

“There is a direct connection between lack of physical activity and poor cardiovascular health. 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 which are independent risk factors for heart disease,” said Robertas Pranevicius, MD, Medical Advisor for Cardiovascular Disease Management at Cardi Health.

These findings are supported by other research. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25% of Americans are not physically active at all. Lack of physical activity is one of the most common defining characteristics among people seeking help with their cardiovascular health. 

The survey shows that 74% of respondents are obese. This finding is consistent with other scientific research and proves that obesity is one of the main factors that accelerate cardiovascular diseases.

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Obesity is prevalent among people struggling with cardiovascular health. There are many reasons why it develops, including genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, but an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise are the leading factors.

Other preventable factors that accelerate disease include diabetes and smoking. Lifestyle factors such as obesity and physical inactivity increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Smoking is an equally complex issue that is driven by nicotine addiction and can be accelerated by high levels of stress. 

The most important activities for good heart health are keeping a close eye on your health, eating well, being physically active, avoiding stress, and drinking enough water.

Robertas Pranevicius, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at Cardi Health.

Read the full “American Hearts report” here.

About 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 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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