17.9 million deaths in 2019

According to the World Health Organization, the number of worldwide Cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths for 2019 was 17.9 million. A John Hopkins’ study shows that “Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the US. About 1,400,000 annually.” The American Heart Association estimates the daily deaths from CVD for the same period to be 26,003.

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2.5 billion heartbeats

Harvard Medical School research shows that the heart beats about “2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing millions of gallons of blood to every part of the body. This steady flow carries with it oxygen, fuel, hormones, other compounds, and a host of essential cells. It also whisks away the waste products of metabolism.”

Lifestyle changes

It’s important to avoid fried foods and foods with a lot of saturated fats such as french fries, donuts, and fried chicken. Avoid smoking, caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated sodas. Eat popcorn you pop yourself with limited oil rather than microwave popcorn. Limit your intake of baked cakes, cookies, and pies. Experiment with recipes that have less white sugar and oil. Consider limiting the amount of dairy you consume.

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Heart Disease Stats

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
  • One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
  • About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
  • Heart disease costs the United States about $219 billion each year from 2014 to 2015. This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing 365,914 people in 2017.
  • About 18.2 million adults age 20 and older (about 6.7%) have Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

*All stats come from the CDC.

10 Steps to Health



Trust your Maker more and stress less. Be thankful and grateful to Allah for blessing you. 


Have a refreshing rest daily and weekly.


Enjoy sunshine every day – it adds cheer to your life.


Eat more grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts and avoid high fat and high sugar foods.  


Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.


Hydrate! Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day!


Live temperately. Abstain from what is harmful and use in moderation that which is good.

Give Back

Invest time in others. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” – Nabi Isa

Fresh Air

Spend time outside every day and breathe in the fresh air!


Educate yourself about health.

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