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    Cardiovascular Disease Statistics

    Over 80 million U.S. adults, or one in three, have cardiovascular disease (CVD).
    More than 16 million adults have coronary artery disease (CAD), which is cased by an accumulation of plaque in the arteries to the heart that results in a decrease in blood flow, and 9.1 million are living with angina, chest pain that results from insufficient oxygen and nutrients to the heart.
    Each year, 8.1 million U.S. adults suffer a heart attack.
    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2004, 57 percent of deaths were the result of CVD.
    Half of healthy 40-year-old males today and one in three healthy 40-year-old women will develop CVD, according to current trends.
    Since 1970, the life expectancy in the United States has increased by six years, and nearly two-thirds of this increase is credited to advances in treating cardiovascular disease.1

    Increase (decrease) in the percentage of Americans with heart disease over the past 10, 20, and 30 years:

    Gibbons, Raymond and Steven Fihn. “Coronary Revascularization: New Evidence, New Challenges.” Annals of Internal Medicine. 20 Nov 2007.

    All others:
    “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2008 Update.” Circulation. American Heart Association. 17 Dec 2007.