Over the past 50 years, cardiovascular mortality rates have been decreasing each year by 2.4% for whites and 2.2% for blacks. Research indicates that these decreases are starting to plateau because of the obesity epidemic in the United States. While there have been consistent advances in treatment and diagnostics for heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and kidney diseases which have contributed to fewer deaths over the years, obesity among both children and adults is drastically increasing risk for these illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 93 million adults and 14 million children and teens are considered obese, and unfortunately, this number continues to climb.
What’s also alarming is that while cardiovascular disease-related deaths declined by 36% from 2000-2014 overall, the mortality rates began increasing for the first time between 2011 and 2014 and have now reached a plateau despite a drastic decrease of smokers in the general population. This is causing increases in mortality rates due to hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease, all of which contribute to cardiovascular disease risk. The American Heart Association hoped to see at least a 20% continued decrease of CVD related deaths by 2020, however, it appears that goal will not be met.
Dr. Steven Nissen, esteemed chairman of the Cleveland Cardiovascular Clinic, researcher, and patient advocate, weighs in on this topic:
“We have to attack this problem before it gets to the point where people are really obese and in trouble. Because once people have developed severe obesity, reversing that is very difficult.” Early intervention is also key since chronic disease can be diagnosed, treated, and possibly reversed if it is caught in time.”
Continued education and programs regarding nutrition, exercise, and overall health and wellness is key for Americans to lose weight and become healthier. However, early intervention is also key since chronic disease can be diagnosed, treated, and possibly reversed if caught in time.
The Max Pulse Screening Device
The Max Pulse device is an excellent tool for helping family and general practice physicians and health and wellness providers to detect early signs of cardiovascular disease. It uses a complex analysis of the patient’s arterial pulse wave to determine arterial stiffness, circulation blockage, and stress levels in the body. It is non-invasive and only takes 3-minutes to complete the test which also makes it a convenient diagnostic tool for both patients and providers.
The Max Pulse shows accurate assessment of arterial hardening, and an indication of whether circulation is inhibited. There is a separate result for large arteries, small arteries, and capillaries. This information is very valuable to a practitioner. Larger arterial constriction and arterial hardening at the same time is of course, a huge cause of concern.
Additionally, this machine does a very accurate heart rate variability test and prints an autonomic nervous system analysis which shows if the patient is overstressed and whether or not the sympathetic nervous system is dominant, or in some cases showing that the person is inhibited or suppressed and the parasympathetic system is dominant.
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