Infographic: Matters of Your Heart

This infographic entitled "Matters of Your Heart" contains the following shocking and scary facts and statistics relating to heart disease in the United States:

The Facts:
Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in the U.S.
Every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event
Every 39 seconds someone dies from heart disease and stroke
Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack
Each year, an estimated 470,000 Americans will have another heart attack
One in every three deaths in the U.S is caused by heart disease and stroke
Lowering one's blood pressure may decrease risk of stroke and heart disease by about 50%


The Risks:
60% of adults don't know their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers
56% of adults have been told by their health care professional to improve their health
83% believe that heart attacks and stroke can be prevent but aren't motivated to do anything
99% of Americans need to improve their heart health (emphasis added)
72% don't consider themselves at risk for heart disease
58% put no effort into proving their heart health

Infographic Source:  American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
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