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Heart Attack Statistics

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Below is a long list of some very alarming heart attack statistics. Reading through the stats it doesn’t seem possible that many deaths can be delayed for years by taking a number of simple lifestyle changes.

The statistics show that heart attack, or more specifically heart disease, is the leading cause of death in America, however Europe is no different either. In fact, cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases) is the main cause of death in Europe. It is responsible for hundreds of thousands of early deaths and for much suffering. Cardiovascular deaths cause approximately 4 million deaths each year in Europe.

Heart Disease and Heart Attack Statistics

  • Every 34 seconds a person in the United States dies from heart disease.
  • More than 2,500 Americans die from heart disease each day.
  • Every 20 seconds, a person in the United States has a heart attack.
  • At least 250,000 people die of heart attacks each year before they reach a hospital.
  • Studies show that under-educated people are more likely to suffer heart attacks.
  • The countries with the highest death rates from heart disease are the Soviet Union, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. The countries with the lowest are Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Canada.
  • Almost 6 million hospitalizations each year (in the United States) are due to cardiovascular disease.
  • Since 1900, Cardio Vascular Disease has been the number 1 killer in the United States for every year but 1918.
  • Every 33 seconds, a person dies from Cardio Vascular Disease in the United States.
  • Men suffer heart attacks about 10 years earlier in life than women do.

  • Unfortunately it doesn’t finish there, the American Heart Association 2002 heart attack statistics for the United States show that coronary heart disease (CHD) is the single leading cause of death in America. CHD causes heart attack and angina.

  • Mortality -- 494,382 deaths in the United States in 2002 (one of every 5 deaths).
  • Incidence -- 1,200,000 new and recurrent cases of coronary attack per year; 41 percent of people who experience a coronary attack in a given year die from it. [National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Atherosclerotic Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, 1987-2000.]
  • Prevalence -- 13,000,000 victims of angina (chest pain due to coronary heart disease), heart attack and other forms of coronary heart disease are still living (7,100,000 males and 5,900,000 females).
  • From 1992 to 2002 the death rate from coronary heart disease declined 26.5 percent, but the actual number of deaths declined only 9.9 percent.
  • Estimates are that 6,400,000 people in the United States suffer from angina.
  • An estimated 400,000 new cases of stable angina occur each year. (Framingham Heart Study, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • The estimated age-adjusted prevalence of angina in women age 20 and older were 3.5 percent for non-Hispanic white women, 4.7 percent for non-Hispanic black women and 2.2 percent for Mexican-American women. Rates for men in these three groups were 4.5, 3.1 and 2.4 percent, respectively.
  • Among American adults age 20 and older, the estimated age-adjusted prevalence of coronary heart disease for non-Hispanic whites is 8.9 percent for men and 5.4 percent for women; for non-Hispanic blacks, 7.4 percent for men and 7.5 percent for women; and for Mexican-Americans, 5.6 percent for men and 4.3 percent for women.

  • As you can see from the above, the heart attack statistics paint a rather gloomy picture. However, for most people, heart disease and it’s causes can be delayed for years by simply changing our daily habits. Throughout our site you will find information about how to reduce your risk. Don’t be part of the heart attack stats, take control of your life and live it to the full.

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