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10 Facts About Heart Disease That Will Totally Surprise You

Some statistics confirm what we already believe, but other statistics totally change how we think about a given topic. Here are ten surprising statistics about heart health and related matters to consider during American Heart Month.

1. Cardiovascular is the leading cause of death globally and in the U.S., killing over 370,000 people in the U.S. every year

2. Approximately one woman dies from heart disease every minute and 64% of them had no previous symptoms

3. Physical activity is key for heart health but in the U.S. today, physically active jobs make up less than 20% of our workforce

4. Nearly half of all African-American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease

5. 69% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and so are 32% of children

6. Almost one-third of coronary heart disease deaths are attributable to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke

7. In the U.S. in 2010, roughly 58,000 deaths cardiovascular disease deaths were attributable to excess sodium intake

8. In a comparison of 20 fruits and vegetables and 20 popular snack foods, the average price per portion of fruits and veggies was 31¢ compared to 33¢ for snack foods – that means eating heart-healthy foods doesn’t always have to cost more

9. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease and stroke by 2-4 times

10. Most of the cholesterol-raising saturated fat that we eat in the U.S. comes from meat and full-fat dairy products

Remember that simple lifestyle changes in activity level and diet can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease. To learn about living a healthy lifestyle, visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/Healthy-Living_UCM_001078_SubHomePage.jsp.

Sinclair Broadcasting is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we’re introducing Sinclair Cares. Every month we’ll bring you information about the “Cause of the Month,” including topical information, education, awareness and prevention.

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