September 11, 2012
Every year, cardiovascular disease ranks among the most serious health problems in the United States. In fact, statistics reveal that it is the leading cause of death in the country.
Here are some interesting statistics on heart disease from the American Heart Association:
- About 82 million Americans are affected by some form of heart disease.
- Cardiovascular disease causes approximately 2,200 deaths every day, or one death every 39 seconds.
- Nearly one out of three deaths in the United States results from cardiovascular disease.
- Heart disease causes more deaths than chronic lower respiratory disease, cancer, and accidents combined.
- About one third of heart disease-related deaths occur prematurely, that is, before the age of 75.
- Approximately 16 million American adults are diagnosed with coronary heart disease.
- Heart failure affects more than 5 million adults in the US.
- About 76 million American adults are diagnosed with hypertension, 98 million are diagnosed with high cholesterol, and 18 million are diagnosed with diabetes. These conditions are all contributing factors to cardiovascular disease.
- Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is not just a man’s disease. It claims the lives of more than 400,000 females in the US each year, making it the leading killer disease for women.
- Rheumatic heart disease, or rheumatic fever, kills more than 3,000 Americans every year.
- One average, one person in the US experiences a stroke every 40 seconds, and one person dies from the condition every 4 minutes.
- Stroke is the number one cause of serious long-term disability, and it accounts for over 50% of all the patients who are hospitalized for neurological diseases.