Why is heart disease one of the major killers of the world?

Exercise/diet. As countries become more "western", they exercise less and eat a high-fat diet. When a third world countries becomes more like the United States, they exercise less, drive around in cars, and eat a fatty diet. Subsequently, they develop heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and heart disease becomes the leading cause of death.
Major killer in USA . More than 80 million american have one or more cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular dz accounts for 1 if every 3 deaths in usa. Coronary artery disease account for 1 in every 5 deaths in usa. CAD is the leading cause of death in 65 y/o and older americans. And 2nd only to cancer for americans between 45 -64 y/o. Cost of is close to 500 billion dollars a year. I am an american and this worry me.

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Why has heart disease has been the number one killer in the u.S. For decades, without decrease?

Heart disease. It has decreased very signficantly over the years, actually major improvements. Unfortunately the present epidemic of obesity in this country presages future loss of the gains, to put it simply if we stay the fattest sobs on the planet, we won't need the north koreans to give us static, we'll kill ourselves off. Read more...

For what reasons has heart disease has been the number one killer in the us for decades, without decrease?

Heart disease. Good question. One correction, heart disease, while still a major cause of death is on the decline. As we are able to protect people from dying from heart disease, they live longer, increasing chances ago dying from other causes such as cancer. Now, why doesn't it decrease faster? Because people still smoke, are overweight, don't control diabetes/cholesterol/high blood pressure... Read more...
It is decreasing but. It is decreasing , but slowly. The obesity and diabetes epidemics may stop or reverse this trend. Read more...

What is the number one risk factor for heart disease?

Age. There are many others but age is biggest.....See framingham risk score inventory for more information. Read more...
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What is the major risk factor for heart disease in the us?

Many. I like to divide risk factors into two categories. First are those you can not change. The other are those you can. For instance we can't change inherited risk factors. But we can control smoking, diet and exercise. Of the risk factors we can impact - probably smoking is the most important risk factory to control. Genetics is probably the biggest risk factor of all. Read more...

Is there one way to completely prevent heart disease?

NOPE. Heart disease has so many facets: environmental like smoking, habitual like not exercising and chemical such as high cholesterol that has strong genetic predispostion. The caveat to this is that regular exercise coupled with a health diet, not smoking, drinking minimally, and a doctor's care can vastlly improve one's cardiac risk, even if genetics are stacked against a person. Read more...