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Carroll Woman Magazine

National Heart Month

Feb 19, 2017 12:13PM
February is American Heart Month.  Heart disease can often be prevented when healthy choices are made and health conditions are managed. Knowing your numbers and seeing your doctor for regular checkups and annual physicals are important steps in preventing and treating heart disease. Heart disease is still the number one cause of death nationwide and in Carroll County, MD.

Here are a few key statistics about heart disease, stroke, other cardiovascular diseases, and their risk factors.  The information was updated in 2017 and compiled annually by The American Heart Association, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health and government.

  • Cardiovascular disease is listed as the underlying cause of death which accounts for nearly 801,000
deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
  • About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every
40 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic
Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $316 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
  • Approximately every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack.
  • Heart attacks ($11.5 billion) and Coronary Heart Disease ($10.4 billion) were 2 of the 10 most expensive hospital principal discharge diagnoses.
  • Between 2013 and 2030, medical costs of Coronary Heart Disease are projected to increase by about 100 percent.
Heart Disease, Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

The American Heart Association gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke.  They call them “Life’s Simple 7” and are measured to track the progress towards their 2020 Impact Goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.

Life’s Simple 7 are, not smoking, physical activity, healthy diet, body weight, and control of cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.

Carroll Hospital in conjunction with local businesses is hosting screenings and heart-healthy events.  For locations, dates and times visit  Be sure to schedule your annual physical with your doctor or cardiologist.  Knowing your numbers and implementing Life's Simple 7 could save your life or the life of a loved one.