heart diseaseHow many of you remember the show “1000 ways to die”, it depicted all these crazy ways that you could die & even incorporated the science behind them all. One of the important things caveats from the show was that uncommon things are not common. That despite how interesting things got on that show the likelihood that you were going to die from that happening was slim to none.
Unfortunately that isn't the case with heart disease. If were in my loyal crowd who prefers watching the videos on my video page than you may have caught my recent video post  about the disease. What I wanted to do today was give some quick fire facts about the disease so you'll understand just why we have a whole month dedicated to it.

  1. Leading cause of death for both men and women
  2. Coronary disease is the leading type of heart disease
  3. Estimated cost in the united states alone is 207 BILLION
  4. Approximately 50% of men who die suddenly from heart disease have no symptoms whatsoever
  5. 70-80% of cardiac events occur in men
  6. Only 54% of women even know that heart disease is the number one killer
  7. Approximately 64% of men who die suddenly from heart disease have no symptoms
  8. Heart Disease accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths in the US
  9. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, smoking, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol use
  10. Number 1 cause of death WORLDWIDE
  11. Over 75% of death from heart disease occur in low & middle income countries
  12. African Americans are at a greater risk than non-hispanic whites for suffering from heart disease
  13. African Americans have the highest prevalence of hypertension in the world
  14. The three biggest risk factors from heart disease hypertension, obesity & diabetes all occur at much greater rates in African Americans than non-hispanic whites.
  15. Leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethic groups in the US including African American, Hispanic and Whites

Even with knowing all these facts it didn't hit home for me until my father passed away from complications from high blood pressure and an aortic dissection. I was a second year medical student and the news hit me like a ton of bricks.  It's why I try and stress the importance of taking care of what you can early especially with high blood pressure, obesity & diabetes.
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