Heart attack and stroke

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, occurs when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough blood flow. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart muscle.

Every year, about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these cases

  • 580,000 are a first heart attack.
  • 210,000 happen to people who have already had a first heart attack.1
  • Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
  • About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $316 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
  • Nearly half of all NH black adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, 47.7 percent of females and 46.0 percent of males

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