Each year, heart disease is at the top of the list of the country's most serious health problems. In fact, statistics show that cardiovascular disease is America's leading health problem, and the leading cause of death. Consider the most recent statistics released by the American Heart Association:
- Approximately 84 million people in this country suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, causing about 2,200 deaths a day, averaging one death every 40 seconds.
- Almost one out of every four deaths results from cardiovascular disease.
- The direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular disease and stroke are about $300 billion. This figure is increasing every year.
- An estimated 16 million U.S. adults have coronary heart disease.
- Approximately 78 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, and an estimat- ed 20 million have diabetes.
- It is estimated that an additional 8 million adults have undiagnosed diabetes and 87 million have pre-diabetes.
- Heart failure affects well over 5 million U.S. adults.
- Cardiovascular disease is the cause of more deaths than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and accidents combined.
- It is a myth that heart disease is a man's disease. In fact, cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women (and men).
- About one-third of cardiovascular disease deaths occurred before age 75. + An estimated 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.
In spite of the overwhelming numbers, your risk for heart disease can be significantly lowered, or eliminated, through small, meaningful life changes. The heart experts at the University of Utah Cardiovascular Center work together to ensure that you have the tools to fight heart disease in all its forms.
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