Heart Disease Statistics

As you will have seen, our February Product of the Month is talking about the heart. So, in keeping with that theme, I wanted to take the space in my monthly column to draw everyone’s attention to the latest, frightening, statistics published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

As a nation, we are not very healthy.  We have allowed ourselves to become overweight.  We eat too much, we eat processed, nutrient-depleted foods, and we exercise less and less.  All of this has resulted in the following statistics:

Heart Disease in the US

  • In 2008, over 616,000 people died of heart disease.
  • In 2008, heart disease caused almost 25% of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2008 were in men.
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. In 2008, 405,309 people died from coronary heart disease.
  • Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more coronary attacks have another attack.
  • In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hypertension in the US

  • About 1 in 3 U.S. adults—an estimated 68 million—has high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease.
  • High blood pressure was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death for more than 347,000 Americans in 2008.
  • In 2010, high blood pressure was projected to cost the United States $93.5 billion in health care services, medications, and missed days of work.
  • About 1 in 2 U.S. adults with high blood pressure has it under control.
  • Almost 30% of American adults have prehypertension—blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range. Prehypertension raises your risk for high blood pressure.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Heart Disease Throughout the World

  • CVDs are the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.
  • An estimated 17.3 million people died from CVDs in 2008, representing 30% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.3 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.2 million were due to stroke.
  • Low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected: over 80% of CVD deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries and occur almost equally in men and women.
  • The number of people who die from CVDs, mainly from heart disease and stroke, will increase to reach 23.3. million by 2030. CVDs are projected to remain the single leading cause of death.
  • 9.4 million deaths each year, or 16.5% of all deaths can be attributed to high blood pressure. This includes 51% of deaths due to strokes and 45% of deaths due to coronary heart disease.

Source: World Health Organization

Do you know anyone who is a candidate for a heart attack?  Maybe it’s time to talk to them and explain how serious the problem has become.  Maybe they need to read this Newsletter and decide NOT to join the statistics.  It is time for change.

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