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An Overview Of Cardiovascular Disease Burden In The United States: Data show a growing burden from cardiovascular disease in the U.S. population; now is the time to reverse those trends

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    • Total Deaths And Age-Adjusted Death Rates (Per 100,000 Population) For The Fifteen Leading Causes Of Death In The Total U.S. Population, 2003  
    • From 1979 to 2003, total inpatient operations and procedures for cardiovascular disease increased 470%, and the number of cardiac catherizations alone increased 373%.  
    • The proportion of adults with no self-reported cardiovascular disease risk factors declined from 42% in 1991 to 36% in 2001.  
    • “Cardiovascular disease is the most costly disease in the United States.”  
    • In 2003, there were about 70.7 million outpatient physician office visits and 4.5 million emergency department admissions with a primary diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.  
    • Close to 45% of deaths from cardiovascular disease are caused by ischemic or coronary heart disease.  
    • Heart disease and stroke caused more deaths in 2003 than the other 15 leading causes of death combined, not including cancer.  
    • “Among the 71.3 million adults with one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, the most prevalent conditions are hypertension or high blood pressure (65 million), coronary heart disease (13.2 million),…  
    • Cardiovascular disease caused 34.4% of the 2.4 million deaths in the U.S in 2003.