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In general, heart disease knows no limits and can effect anyone of any gender or race. Here are some general statistics from the American Heart Association:
-In 2003, more than 65 million Americans were known to have high blood pressure.
-7 million Americans had an acute heart attack in 2003.
-More than 6 million Americans had angina in that same year.
-Over 5 million Americans had a stroke in 2003.
-Cardiovascular disease is believed to have killed almost one million people in 2003. Cancer killed 555,000 people that same year.
-From 1993 to 2003, the death rate from cardiovascular disease dropped by 22 percent.
-Every 34 seconds a person in the United States dies from heart disease.
-This totals more than 2,500 people dying each day in the United States from heart disease.
-250,000 people die each year from a heart attack before they reach a hospital.
-There are about six million hospitalizations each year due to heart disease.
-With the exception of the year 1918, cardiovascular disease has been the number one killer of Americans from 1900 to the present.
-Countries with the highest rate of heart disease are: Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
-Countries with the lowest rate of heart disease are: Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland and Canada.