Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and a major cause of disability. Nearly 2,500 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, which is an average of one death ever 35 seconds.
American’s risk of death due to heart disease or stroke continues to grow:
- 7 out of 1,000 men will experience their first major cardiovascular event between the age of 35 and 44.
- Over 152,000 Americans who are killed by heart disease or stroke are under the age of 65.
- Heart disease kills more Americans than the next four leading causes of death combined, which are cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, and diabetes.
- Within a year of having a stroke up to a quarter of patients will die.
- Over 4.5 million visits to emergency departments are due to cardiovascular disease.
Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent getting heart disease. Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Heart & Vascular Center is dedicated to promoting heart-healthy lifestyle choices, prevention and screening tools and research to help decrease the prevalence of heart disease in America.
Learn more about how to prevent heart disease:
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