Heart Facts

Cardiovascular Disease

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  • 80 million Americans have cardiovascular disease – that’s 1 out of 3 adults
  • It is the #1 killer in women- with estimates of over 400,000 deaths per year
  • It is the #1 killer in men- claiming more than 600,000 lives per year
  • Almost one out of every 2.9 deaths results from cardiovascular disease
  • Nearly 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 8 seconds
  • Cardiovascular disease claims more lives than cancer, respiratory disease, accidents and diabetes combined
  • The thickening of arteries is now being seen in people as young as 8 years old. Similar to what we used to see in 45 year-olds
  • 2/3rds of American adults are seriously overweight or obese- that’s a 150% increase in the past 30 years
  • 70% of adults are overweight
  • 35% are considered obese
  • Diabetes has doubled in the past 30 years
  • 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure

“There’s an epidemic of heart disease.”
Dr Heather Gornik – Cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)

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  • The #1 birth defect in the world is defects of the heart
  • 1 out of 100 are born each year with some type of CHD
  • Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.
  • This year approximately 4,000 babies will not live to see their first birthday because of Congenital Heart Defects.
  • The cost for inpatient surgery to repair Congenital Heart Defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year.
  • Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward Congenital Heart Defect research
  • It is a proven fact that the earlier CHD is detected and treated, it is more likely the affected child will survive and have fewer long term health complications.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

  • One high-school aged athlete suffers from cardiac arrest every 3 days in the United States
  • SCA is reversible if victims are treated within a few minutes. Untreated, it will lead to sudden cardiac death
  • 3,000 children and young adults die of sudden cardiac death each year.