This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®–a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017.
February is Heart Month-What do you know about Heart Disease?
You probably know of someone or are related to someone who has had symptoms of heart disease. Many people just heat about heart disease but, may not full understand what it means.
Heart Disease is important stuff.
That is why there is a month designated to spreading the word about it. The CDC shares these facts about the leading cause of death.
Heart Disease Facts
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
- About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
- Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 370,000 people annually.
- In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
- 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.
- Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.4 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key heart disease risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.
Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
- Overweight and obesity
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol use
For more information on heart disease, visit the following Web sites.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- American Heart Association
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute