Bless Your Heart: By the Numbers


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801,000: Number of deaths in America that list cardiovascular disease as the underlying cause; that’s about one in every three U.S. deaths.
40 seconds: 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 40 seconds.
92.1 million: Number of American adults living with some form of cardio- vascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.
$316 billion: Direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, including both health expenditures and lost productivity.
65.3/71.8: The average age of the first heart attack for U.S. men and women, respectively.
790,000: Number of people in the United States who have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 114,000 will die.

The American Heart Association gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke. They are:

1. NOT SMOKING: 4.9 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 report being smokers. Among adults, 16.7 percent of males and 13.7 percent of females are smokers.
2. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: About one in three American adults do not engage in leisure-time physical activity. Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults are more likely to be inactive.
3. HEALTHY DIET: From 2011 to 2012 in the United States, the mean AHA healthy diet score improved in both children and adults.
4. BODY WEIGHT: The prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults increased from 1999–2000 through 2013– 2014 from 30.5 percent to 37.7 percent.
5. CONTROL OF CHOLESTEROL: About 39.7 percent of American adults have a total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher.
6. CONTROL OF BLOOD PRESSURE: About 85.7 million, or 34 percent, of American adults have high blood pressure.
7. CONTROL OF BLOOD SUGAR: About 9 percent of American adults have diagnosed diabetes, and 3.1 percent have undiagnosed diabetes. About 33.9 percent of American adults have pre-diabetes.

Source: American Heart Association 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics

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