Heart Attack Facts
- 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States each year with 500,000 deaths.
- More than 233,000 women die annually from cardiovascular disease.
- A heart attack occurs about every 20 seconds with a heart attack
death about every minute.
- Sudden death is more common among women with heart attack.
- The National Registry of Myocardial
Infarctions (New England Journal Med., 22Jul99) reports that women have a worse outcome than
men after having a heart attack. Data showed that women under the age of 50 had twice the mortality of men after having a heart
attack. Variances likely reflect increased severity of the disease in
- Almost 14 million Americans have a history of heart attack or angina.
- About 50% of deaths occur within one hour of the heart attack
––outside a hospital.
- There is a 6% to 9% early mortality from heart attack for
those who survive long enough to reach the hospital.
- From 1983 to 1993, heart attack deaths fell about 30% overall but have
not fallen nearly as much for women.
- Studies show the most common time for a heart attack to occur is
Monday morning. Saturday morning ranks second. Another common time
is during the early morning hours, when blood platelets are stickier.
- Deaths from cardiovascular diseases in women exceed the total
number of deaths caused by the next 16 causes.
- 60% of women erroneously listed cancer as the leading cause of
death among women. Deaths from all cancers in the USA are half as
common as deaths from cardiovascular disease.
- Only 31% of women know that cardiovascular disease is the leading
cause of death in the USA.
- On the average, women take 2-4 hours longer than men to respond to
symptoms of heart attack, limiting the beneficial use
of some newer treatments like clot busters that work best within the first hour
after onset of pain or discomfort.
- Chewing an uncoated aspirin right away, at the first sign of chest discomfort
or distress, can reduce the amount of damage to the heart muscle during a heart attack.
- Costs related to heart attack exceed 60 billion dollars per year.
Heart Attack Statistics were derived from a lecture by Jan R. Weber, MD. FACC,
“Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Women”, Feb. 2000. Used by permission.
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