The health care system works hard every day to help prevent diseases and viruses and claiming more lives, which requires much more than just good care and health centres. The research teams around the world play a massive role in the prevention of some of the deadliest diseases. However, many of these diseases can be prevented by the people who suffer from them in the first place, which is always the best place to start.
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease is the most deadliest disease among patients around the world. It is responsible for around 380,000 deaths in the US alone and claims over 13% of all deaths around the world. The disease is known to give patients heart attacks as the arteries supplying the heart with blood are narrowed, which means clean oxygenated blood will not be supplied to the body and brain.
The numbers of deaths have decreased in some states as better health care is available. However, the biggest cause of CAD is high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. Patients can cut their chances of obtaining the disease in half with regular exercise, a healthy life style and good nutrition.
Strokes occur on a similar basis as CAD and claim the second biggest amount of lives around the world. A stroke occurs when an artery leaks or becomes blocked in the brain. Brain cells die within minutes when deprived from oxygen. The disease claims roughly 130,000 patients each year in the US and just under 12% of the world. This means every 4 minutes a stroke will claim the life of a patient.
To better prevent a stroke, patients need to lead a healthy lifestyle and healthy habits.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) makes it difficult for patients to breath. The disease attacks the lungs and includes chronic bronchitis as well as emphysema. COPD claims around 5.6% of deaths around the world.
The disease the mainly caused by smoking, which includes secondhand smoke. Air pollution also has its part in the matter, but not as much as smoking. Currently no cure is available for COPD, but the effects of the disease can be slowed down with medication.
Lower Respiratory Infections
These occur mostly during the winter seasons, but can be fatal when untreated. The infection claims around 5.5% of deaths, which is around 3.1 million people in 2012.
Research has shown that an average of 20% traveling back to the US seek medical attention for pneumonia, influenza and bronchitis. Preventing this disease is rather difficult. However, following a healthy diet will boost your immune system, which will fight the disease and possibly prevent it before serious infection. If symptoms are presented, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
HIV attacks the immune system and has the ability to cause AIDS, which stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. This is a life threatening condition, which currently has no cure. However, effects can be slowed down with modern medicine.
The prevention of HIV has become a massive concern around the world as it claimed around 1,5 million people on a yearly basis. The virus is also known to affect up to 5,000 people on a daily basis. HIV is transmitted with unprotected sex or the transfer of blood.