How is Your Heart Health?
Warnings are everywhere that seek to keep us from neglecting good health habits to enjoy heart health physically. Here is an article from Johns Hopkins with stats from the 21st century that show how wide spread heart disease is in the US.
Each year, heart disease is at the top of the list of the country’s most serious health problems. In fact, statistics show that cardiovascular disease is America’s leading health problem, and the leading cause of death. Consider the most recent statistics released by the American Heart Association:
- Approximately 84 million people in this country suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, causing about 2,200 deaths a day, averaging one death every 40 seconds.
- Almost one out of every three deaths results from cardiovascular disease.
- The direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular disease and stroke are about $315 billion. This figure is increasing every year.
- An estimated 15 million U.S. adults have coronary heart disease.
- Approximately 78 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, and an estimated 20 million have diabetes.
- It is estimated that an additional 8 million adults have undiagnosed diabetes and 87 million have pre-diabetes.
- Heart failure affects well over 5 million U.S. adults.
Cardiovascular disease is the cause of more deaths than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and accidents combined. (Taken from Cardiovascular Disease Statistics;
Of more concern that physical cardio care is the real problem in this culture with heart issues that mankind faces spiritually.
Have you ever considered your heart as a parcel of ground? Years ago, our forefathers came to this country and “homesteaded” certain portions of land which belonged to the government.
This was virgin soil. Much of it had to be cleared of woods and brush before it could be cultivated. It took long, arduous months of work before the land was cleared and crops rewarded the homesteader. But with patience and perseverance much was accomplished, and the pioneer was the proud possessor of fertile fields and brought him rich return for his labor.
In clearing the land in the days of the pioneers the task of cutting the trees and removing the thickets and underbrush covering the land was but a small portion of the work involved. This could quite quickly be accomplished by burning the wood. The difficult part of the work was the removing of the roots and stumps and stones which were underneath the surface of the ground, but which must needfully be removed before the work was complete and before cultivation could be undertaken. If this was not done within a short time the area would be covered with a second growth, as difficult to remove as the first.
Hebrews 12:15 says: “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”
It is these hidden things in our lives, the “roots of bitterness” which need to be eradicated completely. (Copied).