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Top 10 reasons why you should be screened

  1. 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 of these are under the age of 65.
  2. Nearly 2400 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day an average of one death every 37 seconds.
  3. Over 50% of all victims of heart attack and stroke have NO WARNING.
  4. Every year stroke kills twice as many women in the United States than breast cancer.
  5. There are 750,000 stroke victims every year. Of these, 160,000 result in death and 260,000 survive with permanent disability.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 those without.
  8. 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.
  9. Mississippi ranks #1 in the country in deaths from cardiovascular disease and Louisiana ranks #6.
  10. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 45% of all deaths in Mississippi and 39% of all deaths in Louisiana.