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The Facts About Heart Disease in the US
THE HARD TRUTH
HEART DISEASE IS
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death and disability. It is the most widespread and costly health problem facing our nation today, yet it is the most preventable disease.
Many people could survive or recover better from heart attacks if they got immediate help. In a CDC survey, 92% of people recognized chest pain as a symptom of heart attack, but only 27% were aware of other major symptoms requiring medical evaluation.
In fact, every year people die or become disabled due to heart attacks largely because they didn't get help in time or they did not know they were having a heart attack.
Understanding heart disease will enable you to take control of a disease that might lead to a heart attack. Understanding formation and progression of heart disease will empower you to act and conquer heart disease. Fact, the most common cause of heart attack is due to unstable lesion rupture (75%) not narrowing of the artery (25%).
For many people, the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack or sudden death, with no chest pain as a warning. Current diagnostic and clinical risk stratification tools that measure established risk factors such as cholesterol, do not fully estimate the incidence and prevalence of heart disease. In fact, 50% of people that have a heart attack have normal cholesterol.