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Heart Disease Claims More Lives Than Cancer, Car Accidents and AIDS Combined

Published on January 4, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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A silent, yet deadly killer, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than half a million people each year – which is why we can all benefit from improving our heart health. Written by Matthew Budoff, Enhancing Heart Health: Preventing a Heart Attack teaches readers fun facts about the heart, and includes tips on how to maintain proper functionality in this crucial organ. The following is a snippet from his book:

Every 33 seconds, someone dies of heart disease. It remains the number-one killer disease in the United States, and has held that position since 1900 (except for 1918). It is sad that symptoms and outcomes of an unhealthy heart are commonplace.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 13 million people alive today have a history of heart attack, angina, or both. This year, more than a million Americans will suffer a new or repeat heart attack. One out of every 2.5 deaths in the United States can be attributed to heart disease. That’s more than 2,600 heart disease deaths in America every single day!

Heart disease is number one killer in women

The reality is that other leading causes of death pale in comparison to heart disease. Heart disease claims more lives each year than cancer, accidents, and AIDS put together. This is true in both men and women.

As a cardiologist, I am frustrated by the startling statistic that death is the first and last symptom of heart disease for almost one-third of those who have it. Of the more than 1.4 million people who died of heart disease in 2000, more than 420,000 never made it to a hospital to be treated by a physician. To a doctor who is devoted to saving lives, that fact is unacceptable.

Enhancing heart health

Amazingly, heart disease kills more men and women each year than all forms of cancer combined.
Heart disease is a blanket term that describes a category of illnesses that affect heart health. High blood pressure, cholesterol, and homocysteine levels are all thought to contribute to the development of some form of heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, of the nearly 62 million Americans with heart disease in 2000, 50 million had high blood pressure, 7.6 million suffered an acute heart attack, 6.6 million experienced chest pain or discomfort caused by reduced blood supply (also known as angina), and still another 4.7 million people suffered a stroke, a related illness caused by the loss of blood flow to the brain.

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