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Heart Disease: Facts and Figures

March 7, 2012

Davy Jones, lead singer of the ’60s rock band The Monkees, died Wednesday in Florida from a heart attack at age 66. Here are the key facts and current statistics from the American Heart Association about heart disease.

* Every day more than 2200 Americans die from heart disease, which is one death every 39 seconds.

* Cardiovascular disease accounts for one out of every three deaths in the United States.

* Coronary artery disease was the cause of one out every six deaths in the U.S.

* It is estimated that every 25 seconds an American will suffer a coronary event and every minute will die from one.

* Every year 195,000 Americans will experience what is known as a silent heart attack, where the individual does not feel any symptoms.

* Twice as many people die from a silent heart attack compared with those who experience the typical symptoms.

* Medscape reports there are 1.5 million cases of heart attack every year in the U.S.

* The number one cause of death in the U.S. is cardiovascular disease.

* Every year 500,000 to 800,000 people die in the U.S. as a result of coronary artery disease.

* The majority of patients who experience a heart attack are over the age of 60.

* A heart attack is the most common reason for a cardiac arrest.

* Smoking is one of the most significant major risk factors for heart disease.

* Heart attack symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or vomiting.

* The chest pain can be described as pressure, tightening, squeezing, discomfort, or fullness.

* The pain can radiate to the left arm, the jaw, the back and sometimes is confused with indigestion.

* Mortality from a heart attack is related to the promptness of receiving medical treatment and interventional therapy.

* If blood flow is able to be quickly restored the amount of damage to the heart can be limited; hence the need for seeking prompt medical attention.

* A heart attack happens when one or more of the arteries which supply blood to the heart are blocked.

* Cocaine sometimes causes spasm of the coronary arteries and this can cause a heart attack and often in young people this is a cause.

* Men 45 and older and women 55 and older are more likely to have a heart attack than those that are younger.

* If you have a positive family history of heart disease you are at increased risk of having a heart attack. This is particularly true if a parent died at an early age from heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death but the increased awareness of risk factors, making lifestyle changes and seeking prompt medical attention for symptoms will hopefully reduce these statistics in the future.

Margie Miklas is a critical-care nurse with more than 30 years of experience. She currently works in south Florida in a cardiovascular ICU with a specialty certification in cardiac surgery.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/heart-disease-facts-figures-200400238.html


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