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.

LIFE’S SIMPLE 7
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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