Here are some disturbing statistics published by the American Heart Association. Much of this is taken from Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2009 Update.
Did you know?
* Nearly 2,400 Americans die of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) each day, an average of one death every 37 seconds.
* Preliminary mortality data for 2006 show that CVD accounted for 34.2% of all 2,425,900 deaths in 2006, or 1 of every 2.9 deaths in the United States.
* Good news: From 1995 to 2005, death rates from CVD declined by 26.4%.
* Cardiovascular disease claims about as many lives each year as cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents and diabetes mellitus combined.
* Half of adults 50 and younger with low 10-year risk of CVD have high lifetime risk (News Release Jan. 13, 2009).
* One in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease.
* Since 1984, the number of CVD deaths for females has exceeded those for males.
* In 2005, CVD was the first listed diagnosis of 3,023,000 females discharged from short-stay hospitals. Discharges include people both alive, dead or of unknown status.
* More than 150,000 Americans killed by CVD in 2005 were less than 65 years of age.
* In 2009, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack. It is estimated that an additional 195,000 silent first myocardial infarctions occur each year.
* Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. On average, every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke. Good news: From 1995 to 2005, the stroke death rate fell 29.7% and the actual number of stroke deaths declined 13.5%.
Read 5 Ways to Celebrate American Heart Month for more information on how to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Here’s a Power Point Presentation for 2009 American Heart Org Stats in case you want to present these facts to your family, school or group.