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Can yoga serve as a primary intervention to impact the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD)? 

According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 25% of all U.S. deaths are due to heart disease. Worldwide, the percentage of heart disease deaths is 30%, killing approximately 17 million people per year.

Decreasing the risk factors leading to CVD has the potential to prevent CVD, reduce the number of deaths, and lower surmounting healthcare costs. In 2013 the CDC released a report stating that 80% percent of heart disease is preventable. We can impact 500,000 lives in the U.S. alone by addressing the risk factors and lifestyle choices that contribute to this disease.  

The risk factors contributing to CVD include high blood pressure, lipid levels, smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity. As a primary intervention, managing these factors can reduce occurrence of the disease before it starts. 

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