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Heart Disease Statistics

Cardiovascular disease touches nearly every family. It knows no racial or gender boundaries. Here are the latest statistics on heart disease:

  • More than 71.3 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, or stroke.
  • In 2003, 5.5 million Americans suffered strokes.
  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death both nationally and in northwestern New Jersey.
  • Heart attacks killed almost 480,000 people in the United States in 2003.
  • According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 1.2 million Americans will have a new or recurrent heart attack this year.
  • Heart disease was responsible for approximately 1,445 deaths in Morris and Sussex Counties alone in 2000 (the most recent year for which data is available), according to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
  • There is good news…the American Heart Association says that from 1991 to 2001, the death rate from coronary heart disease declined 26 percent.
  • According to cardiac experts, people can limit their risk of suffering a serious heart attack by not smoking, sticking to their ideal weight range, increasing physical activity, and minimizing stress levels.
  • An annual medical exam with your physician is one of the best ways to minimize your chances of having a significant heart attack.
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