BETHESDA, MD -- Eating an apple is infinitely better than looking likeone, according to experts at the American College of Cardiology (ACC).Humor aside, research has drawn significant links between body shapeand heart disease. The American College of Cardiology is hoping toreshape America by highlighting this new health data on World HeartDay.
"People whose fat collects around the waist - the classic appleshape - are at higher risk of heart disease than their pear-shapedcounterparts, whose weight collects around the hips," said Roger S.Blumenthal, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of The Johns Hopkins CiccaroneCenter for the Prevention of Heart Disease. "The majority of heartdisease is preventable."
This September 25th marks the fifth annual World Heart Day witha theme of "Healthy Weight, Healthy Shape." The effort will focus onpreventive measures and seeks to remind people of the risks leading tocardiovascular disease.
Dr. Blumenthal added, "Cardiovascular disease is often notoptimally managed. Often physicians could do a better job of motivatingpatients to improve their lifestyle habits."
World Heart Day provides a simple start to understanding thepersonal risk of heart disease, according to Blumenthal. "Where doesyour body collect fat? Is your body shape more like an apple or apear?"
According to the ACC official guidelines for assessing the risk for cardiovascular disease, several factors are critical:
"Good health doesn't just happen. It takes work and awareness ofone's habits," said Pamela Douglas, M.D., F.A.C.C., and president ofthe ACC. "Putting forth that effort to avoid heart disease is farpreferable to dealing with its consequences. World Heart Day has provento be an effective way to put a spotlight on the importance ofprevention and the actions that all of us can take to keep our heartshealthy."
The ACC encourages individuals to work with their personal physicians to:
World Heart Day is sponsored globally by the World Heart Federationand supported nationally by the American College of Cardiology. The ACCweb site is www.acc.org.
The ACC is a 56-year-old professional medical society andteaching institution, representing more than 33,000 cardiovascularspecialists worldwide. It fosters optimal cardiovascular care anddisease prevention through professional education, promotion ofresearch, leadership in the development of standards and guidelines andthe formulation of healthcare policy.
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