I was on Local Edge Radio last Thursday. Blake and I called up Dr. Elizabeth Perry from the American Heart Association to chat with us about heart health.
From the CDC:
- In 2008, over 616,000 people died of heart disease. Heart disease caused almost 25% of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2008 were in men.
- Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. In 2008, 405,309 people died from coronary heart disease.
- Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack.
- In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
Go Red for Women is an important campaign that the AHA has started. Check it out.