About heart disease …
- Heart disease is the greatest health threat to both sexes (a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men).
- Lowering your blood pressure may decrease your risk of stroke and heart disease by about 50%.
- Bacteria that grows in your mouth and causes gum disease may double your risk for a heart attack. Regular brushing and flossing can sweeten your breath and improve your health.
- Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack.
- 1 of every 3 deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease and stroke.
- A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds.
- Walking 30 minutes a day can lower risk for heart attack and stroke.
- Every 39 seconds someone dies from heart disease or stroke.
- Just one year after you quit smoking, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
- 80% of heart disease can be prevented.
Source: American Heart Association
About your heart …
- The blue whale has the largest heart, weighing over 1,500 pounds.
- Your heart beats 100,000 times a day.
- Each minute, your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood.
- A normal heart valve is about the size of a half dollar.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
Heart disease in women …
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. It accounts for 1 in every 4 female deaths.
- 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
- 23% of women die within 1 year of having a heart attack.
- One woman dies from heart disease every 60 seconds.
- Women have a 15% greater chance of having a heart attack on a Monday than any other day of the week.
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African-American and white women in the United States.
- A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats per minute.
- Studies have shown that women who drink 2 or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day have a higher risk of heart disease. Skip the soda and replace one sugary drink with water each day.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cleveland Clinic, American Heart Association