One in every 3 U.S. deaths caused by Heart Disease

heartattThe American Heart Association, (AHA), has released its heart disease and stroke statistics update for the year 2016. The statistics reveal that one of every three deaths in in U.S. in 2013 originated from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular disease.

The data is created from the most recent statistics available, compiled by the AHA and analyzed the heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

“Statistics about cardiovascular disease and stroke, and particularly the metrics about death and the factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease are incredibly important,” said AHA President Mark Creager, M.D., director of the Heart and Vascular Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The statistics indicate the following:

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.

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.

nearly 160 million people in the U.S. were overweight or obese: 69 percent of adults and 32 percent of children in 2009-2012;

13 million U.S. adults, about 17 percent, were obese in 2009-2012;

about 43 percent of Americans had total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher from 2009-2012;

about 80 million U.S. adults, 33 percent, had high blood pressure in 2009-2012;

among African-American adults, 46 percent of women and 45 percent of men have high blood pressure; and

about 9 percent of Americans have diagnosed diabetes and 35 percent have pre-diabetes.

“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.

“We need to maintain our vigor and resolve in promoting good cardiovascular health through lifestyle and recognition and treatment of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking,” Creager said. “We’ve made progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease, but the battle is not won.”


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