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Fast Facts About Heart Disease

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Important Facts & Statistics About Heart Disease

With heart disease being the number one cause of death in the United States, it is important for adults to arm themselves with information about cardiovascular disease. The health experts at Kirby Medical Center are here to shed some light on the way that heart disease affects the American public.

Fact: Coronary Heart Disease Is the Most Common Form of Heart Disease.

Coronary heart disease is an umbrella term used to refer to all conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart that develops when the arteries cannot deliver enough oxygenated blood to the heart. Affecting more than 18 million adults in the United States over the age of 20, coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.

Fact: Someone Has a Heart Attack in the United States Every 40 Seconds.

Each year in the United States, more than 800,000 people have a heart attack. This works out to be at least 1 person having a heart attack every minute of every day. However, it is important to keep in mind that roughly 20% of these heart attacks happen silently without any noticeable symptoms.

Fact: Someone Dies From Heart Disease in the United States Every 36 Seconds.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 650,000 people each year. When broken down, this is about 2 people dying from heart-related health issues every minute.

Contact Kirby Medical Center

At Kirby Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping our community learn how to stay healthy and safe. If you are concerned about your health risks and the types of vaccines that are right for you, contact Kirby Medical Center at 217-762-2115 to learn more about how we can assist with all your healthcare needs.