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Happy Heart Month!

by Krystle N. on Friday, February 7, 2014

50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson designated February as American Heart Month.  Since then we have made tremendous strides in fighting the No. 1 killer in America – heart disease.  But we still have work to do! 

Over the past 10 years for which statistics are available, the death rate from heart disease has fallen about 39 percent – but the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high.

Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 34 seconds, killing almost 380,000 people a year.  Cardiovascular operations and procedures increased about 28 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to federal data, totaling about 7.6 million in 2010.  Approximately 720,000 people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year; of those, about 122,000 die. 

This Heart Month, take control of your heart health and learn more about the risks of a heart attack.

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