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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
- An American will have a coronary event approximately every 25 seconds.
- One American will die every minute from a heart attack.
- Symptoms of heart attack can vary between men and women.
- Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a heart attack.
- Heart disease is the third leading cause of death among women aged 25 - 44 years and the second leading cause of death among women aged 45 - 64 years.
- The average age for a first heart attack for men is 66.
- Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
- For best heart health women should have no more than one alcoholic drink per day and men should have no more than two.
- African-Americans have an increased risk of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
- Up to 40% of all individuals with PAD have no leg pain.
- Smoking increases the risk of PAD by 2 - 6 times and worsens the symptoms of PAD.
- Individuals with PAD are at risk for developing coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease, which could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
- High blood pressure usually presents no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don't realize they have it.
- About 1 in 3 of U.S. adults has high blood pressure.
- High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the U.S.
- About 1 in 4 American adults have prehypertension - blood pressure measurements that are higher than normal but not yet in the range of high blood pressure.
- Approximately 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. has high cholesterol.
- People with high cholesterol have approximately twice the risk for heart disease as people with lower levels.
- High cholesterol does not present with any symptoms.
- The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults get their cholesterol checked every five years.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common in men and in people aged 65 and older.
- Thoracic aortic aneurysms are associated with high blood pressure.
- Smoking is associated with a 3 - 5 fold increase in abdominal aortic aneurysms.
- The most effective means of preventing aortic aneurysms is to stop smoking, control high blood pressure, and lower your cholesterol levels.
- Nearly 6 million people in the U.S. have heart failure.
- The most common causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
- The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age.
- African-Americans experience atrial fibrillation at a much lower rate than whites.
- Atrial fibrillation is responsible for 15% - 20% of ischemic strokes.
- Atrial fibrillation increases a patient's risk of suffering an ischemic stroke by 5 times.
- Every year more than 1 million patients have angioplasty.
- Every year about 1 million people survive a heart attack in the U.S.
- Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation has been proven to reduce re-hospitalization rates.
- Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation reduces recurrent sudden cardiac death.
- Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation lessens the need for cardiac medication.
- Comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation increases the rate of being physically able to return to work.
- Pulmonary hypertension affects older women more commonly than men and younger women.
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds.
- Every three to four minutes someone dies of stroke.
- Stroke is a leading cause of death for both men and women.
- Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
- There are two types of stroke - ischemic stroke (a clot blocks blood flow to the brain) and hemorrhagic stroke (a ruptured blood vessel prevents blood flow to the brain).
- About 40% of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60% in females.