About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
More than 2,500 Americans die from heart disease each day, equaling one death every 34 seconds.
Age is the most significant risk factor of developing heart disease, followed by gender, family history coupled with ethnic background, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
Two-thirds of deaths from heart attacks in women occur in those who have had no history of chest pain.
A person is more likely to have a heart attack on Monday morning than on any other day of the week.
Research suggests that 25% of heart attacks go unrecognized and are discovered only later when a routine ECG is performed.
Heart-healthy foods include salmon, ground flaxseed, oatmeal, black or kidney beans, almonds, walnuts, red wine, tuna, brown rice, and blueberries.
Laughing relaxes and expands blood vessels, which helps to protect the heart.
Clinical research has shown cardiac rehabilitation reduces mortality by over 50% compared with those patients who do not participate.