February is American Heart Month, a time to focus on the very real and very deadly heart disease epidemic that has been ravaging our nation. While you have probably already heard that heart disease is the #1 killer in America, the extent and severity of the epidemic doesn’t fully register with most people until they or a loved one have to deal with heart disease.
To put into perspective just how pervasive and deadly heart disease really is in America, we’ve compiled a list of some truly shocking, sobering statistics.
1. About 600,000 people die of heart disease in America each year. That’s about 1 out of every 4 deaths.
2. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics and Whites. For Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, heart disease is second only to cancer.
3. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
4. 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year is the result of heart disease.
5. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. have heart disease.
6. Heart diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
7. Every 34 seconds, an American has a heart attack.
8. Every 60 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from a heart disease-related event.
9. An estimated 720,000 Americans suffer heart attacks each year.
10. The direct and indirect costs of heart disease add up to more than $320.1 billion.
11. About half of all Americans have at least one of the 3 key risk factors for heart disease – high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking.
12. 35% of heart disease deaths are due to physical inactivity.
13. Coronary heart disease is the most common form of heart disease, claiming almost 380,000 lives every year.
Hopefully, these statistics have shown you just how serious heart disease really is. Please, take the initiative to limit your risks for heart disease. Eat right, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and ditch dangerous habits like smoking. Doing these simple things can go a long way to achieving greater heart health.
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