2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update
• Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined
• Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the world and the leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 375,000 Americans a year. Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the U.S.
• Someone in the U.S. dies from heart disease about once every 90 seconds
• Nearly half of all African-American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, 48 percent of women and 46 percent of men.
• African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than white people, and a much higher death rate from stroke
• Rates of high blood pressure among African-Americans are among the highest of any population in the world.
Life Worth Saving is here to make sure women of color in urban areas aware of all the risk factors of heart disease. For example, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms please call 9-1-1 immediately:
- Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing
- Shortness of breath
- Light-headedness or sudden dizziness
- Unusual upper body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach
- Unusual fatigue
- Breaking out in a cold sweat