In the U.S. the data showed: 1

  • cardiovascular diseases claimed 801,000 lives;
  • heart disease killed more than 370,000 people;
  • stroke killed nearly 129,000 people;
  • about 116,000 of the 750,000 people in the U.S. who had a heart attack died;
  • about 795,000 people had a stroke, the leading preventable cause of disability;
  • among African-Americans adults, 48 percent of women and 46 percent of men have some form of cardiovascular disease; and
  • African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than whites.

Heart Disease Graphic by Brandon Clark

Cardiovascular disease is not only the top killer in the United States, but worldwide, said David S. Siscovick, M.D. M.P.H., chair of AHA’s Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and senior vice president for research at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. Hypertension, obesity and diabetes are global epidemics, he said.

The data showed globally that:

  • 31 percent of all deaths were from cardiovascular disease, with 80 percent occurring in low- and middle-income countries as of 2013;
  • stroke accounted for 11.8 percent of all deaths, and;
  • 16.9 million people worldwide had a first stroke in 2010.

Scary, isn’t it?  BUT, there are things you can do to prevent heart disease. Our next posts will tell you what to START and what to STOP.
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