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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Cardivascular Disease double click to change this header text! Cardiovascular disease (also called heart disease) is a class of diseases that involve the heart, the blood vessels (arteries, capillaries, and veins) or both. The most common causeof heart disease is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vesselsthat supply blood to theheart itself. About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year{thats 1 in every 4 deaths} Greater risk of heart diseaseif you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55 In a 2005 survey, most respondents92%recognizedchest pain as a symptom of a heart attack Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack. Below are the percentages of all deaths caused by heart disease in 2008, listed by ethnicity.Race of Ethnic Group % of DeathsAfrican Americans 24.5American Indians or Alaska Native 18.0Asians or Pacific Islanders 23.2Hispanics 20.8Whites 25.1All 25.0 You can help reduce your risk of heart disease by taking steps to control factors that put you at greater risk:o Control your blood pressureo Lower your cholesterolo Don't smokeo Get enough exercise About 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital Heart Attack Average Out of Pocket CostThe estimated out-of-pocket costs for a patient who suffers a heart attack are $5,000 to more than $8,000 over the expected year of treatment. Average Medical CostRecent estimates suggest that cardiovascular disease costs the United States $110 billion annually. The average cost to traditional health insurers for the first 90 days following a heart attack is $38,501. Medicare spends over $14,000 per patient on hospital bills in the year after a heart attack, plus additional amounts for physicians and outpatient care. Moreover, these amounts are rising at a rate of 4 percent annually.
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