Heart disease facts
• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Heart disease takes the life of one in three women each year.
• 1 in 4 — Heart disease caused almost 25 percent of deaths in 2008, almost one in four. In 2008, more than 616,000 people died of heart disease.
• Minnesota — Across the U.S., death rates because of heart disease in 2008 were lowest in Minnesota and highest in Mississippi.
• Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.
• Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more coronary attacks have another attack.
• In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the U.S. 108.9 billion, including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Heart Association.
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