February is American Heart Month, and unfortunately, most of us know someone who has had heart disease or stroke. According the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
- About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
- Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.
- Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 190,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.
- Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
In September 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched 1 Million Hearts™, a national initiative that is being promoted to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Visit the HHS for more information, including about heart disease and strokes. Be sure to come into the library and pick up a copy of the 1 Million Hearts™ consumer fact sheet, or print your own.
According to the American Heart Association:
- More than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
- Since 1984, the number of CVD deaths for females has exceeded those for males.
- In 2009, CVD was the cause of death in 401,495 females. Females represented 51.0% of deaths from
- The 2009 death rate from CVD was 236.1. Death rates were 190.4 for white females and 267.9 for black females.
- In 2010, CVD was the first listed diagnosis of 2.8 million females discharged from short-stay hospitals.
- In 2010, 25.1% of bypass and 32.9% of PCI patients were female. 31.3% of heart transplant patients in 2011 were female.
Heart disease is often dismissed as an “older man’s disease.” To raise awareness of the number one killer of women, The American Heart Association (AHA) created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
For additional information on heart disease related issues such as cholesterol; high blood pressure; heart attack; and much more go to National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
MedlinePlus also contains a vast amount of information on Heart Diseases including: overviews, latest news, treatments and much more.