Cardiovascular Disease Responsible for One in Three Deaths
The most recent data from the American Heart Association show cardiovascular disease (CVD) is responsible for 36.3 deaths in the United States. Just to be clear, CVD includes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Congenital heart defects
Some of the more interesting facts that have come to light as a result of this collection of data include
- For overall CVD, Minnesota had the lowest death rate and Mississippi had the highest.
- About 700,000 people have a stroke each year.
- About 15 percent of strokes are preceded by a TIA, or what's called a "mini stroke." TIAs produce stroke-like symptoms that don't last.
- Within a year after a TIA, up to a quarter of patients die, which points out the need to get medical attention after having one of these episodes.
- Nearly one in three adults have high blood pressure.
- In 1980, about 50 percent of high school seniors reported eating green vegetables nearly every day. By 2003, that number had dropped to 30 percent.
- The incidence of overweight children was 4 percent in 1974, and rose to 17 percent in 2004.
- 23.7 percent of adults and 4.2 percent of adolescents have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors for CVD and for type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include elevated blood sugar, lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol), high levels of triglycerides (blood fats), elevated blood pressure and waist circumference of 102 centimeters or more for men or 88 centimeters or more for women
American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics·2007 Update