Are you at risk?
Top 10 reasons why you should be
- Heart attack and stroke are the
first and third leading causes of death
in this country. An estimated 80.7
million American adults (one in three)
have one or more types of cardiovascular
disease. Over ½ of these are under the
age of 65.
- Nearly 2400 Americans die of
cardiovascular disease each day – an average
of one death every 37 seconds.
- Over 50% of all victims of heart
attack and stroke have NO WARNING.
- Every year stroke kills twice as
many women in the United States than breast
- There are 750,000 stroke victims
every year. Of these, 160,000 result in
death and 260,000 survive with permanent
- More than one million people are
living with undiagnosed aneurysms of the
aorta and at least 95% of these can be
successfully treated if detected prior to
rupture. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are the
third leading cause of sudden death for men
in the United States.
- One in every 20 Americans over
the age of 50 has Peripheral Artery Disease,
which affects about 12 million people in the
United States. People with PAD are 4-5 times
more likely to die of a heart attack than
- Atrial fibrillation, which is a
common heart arrhythmia or irregularity, is
the cause of 15% of all strokes. Individuals
with atrial fibrillation are five times more
likely to have a stroke.
- Mississippi ranks #1 in the
country in deaths from cardiovascular
disease and Louisiana
- Cardiovascular disease is
responsible for 45% of all deaths in
Mississippi and 39% of all deaths in Louisiana.