Heart Disease Facts (from the CDC)
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were in women.
- In 2006, a total of 631,636 people in the United States died of heart disease.* Of the deaths that year, 26%—or more than one in every four—were caused by heart disease.
- In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
- In 2010, heart disease cost the United States $316.4 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
Risk Factors we can Control...
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Overweight and obesity
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Alcohol use
- Family History