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Cardiovascular Disease: Epidemiology

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects the heart and blood vessels. The latest research from the American Heart Association (AHA) found that deaths due to CVD have declined 30% over a 10-year period (1998-2008). CVD, though, is still one of the major causes of death in the US.

The AHA also provided data on some of the major types of cardiovascular diseases, for example:

  • One in every six deaths are due to heart disease.
  • One in every nine deaths are due to heart failure .
  • One in every 18 deaths are due to stroke .
    • Note: On the positive side, the death rate due to stroke has dropped almost 35% in a 10-year period.

These statistics are powerful because they help you understand the seriousness of being diagnosed with a type of CVD. If you have risk factors for CVD, like high blood pressure, obesity, or type 2 diabetes, it is extremely important that you work closely with your doctor to create an effective treatment plan. By addressing these risk factors, you may be able to improve your health and live longer.

These statistics are powerful because they help you understand the seriousness of being diagnosed with a type of CVD. If you have risk factors for CVD, like high blood pressure , obesity , or type 2 diabetes , it is extremely important that you work closely with your doctor to create an effective treatment plan. By addressing these risk factors, you may be able to improve your health and live longer.

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  • Roger V, Go A, Lloyd-Jones D, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2012 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. Dec 2011.