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Interesting Facts about Heart Disease

The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which is a blocked or narrowed coronary artery that supplies the heart with blood.

CVD kills 4 million Europeans each year. It causes 42% of all deaths in the EU: 46% of deaths (women) and 38% deaths (men). 
Since 1900, Cardio Vascular Disease has been the number 1 killer in the United States for every year but 1918. 
Every 20 seconds, a person in the United States has a heart attack. 
Every 34 seconds a person in the United States dies from heart disease. 
In the United States, more than 1,000 people die every day from sudden cardiac death or cardiac arrest. 
At least 58,800,000 million Americans (i.e. 1 person in 4) suffer from some form of heart disease. 
Approximately 30% of the people who die from heart disease each year are smokers.
Men suffer heart attacks about 10 years earlier in life than women do. 
One in 2.6 female deaths in the U.S. is from heart disease, compared to one in 30 from breast cancer. 
More than 32,000 (one in every 125-150) infants are born with heart defects in the U.S. 
Worldwide, nearly one third (8.6 million) of all deaths in women are from heart disease. 
The countries with the highest death rates from heart disease are the Soviet Union, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. The countries with the lowest are Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Canada.
Within 5 years of the first attack, 13 percent of men and almost 40 percent of women develop a second infarction. 
An estimated 101 million Americans have cholesterol levels of 200 milligrams per deciliter or higher, which puts them at increased risk for heart disease. 
It takes four to six minutes after cardiac arrest before a person experiences brain death and then complete death. The survival rate outside a hospital is below 1-2%.
Heart transplant surgery can last from four to 10 hours, and patients may go home within seven to 16 days. Patients are required to take immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of their lives to avoid organ rejection.
Studies from more than 20 countries show that moderate drinkers have 20-40% less coronary heart disease than nondrinkers.
A statistical study in Wales found that having an orgasm at least three times a week may decrease the risk of a man dying from coronary heart disease by half.
People with diabetes, older adults, and women may not have the classic symptom of chest pain during a heart attack. They are more likely to suffer from shortness of breath, nausea, back pain, and/or jaw pain.
Laughing relaxes and expands blood vessels, which helps protect the heart.
A person with both a first-degree relative (a parent or sibling) and a second-degree relative (uncle or grandparent) who suffer from heart disease before the age of 60 is nearly 10 times more likely to suffer from heart disease early in life.
People who live alone are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack or sudden cardiac death as those who live with a partner or roommate. They are more likely to smoke, be obese, have high cholesterol levels, and visit a physician less frequently than people who do not live alone. All of these factors have been associated with poorer health, including heart disease and its complications.

People who are sedentary are almost twice as likely to suffer heart attacks as are people who exercise regularly.