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Cardiovascular Disease Statistics and New England Disability

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John L. Keefe
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The number one circulatory system disorder is cardiovascular disease (CVD), also the leading killer of men and women of all ethnic groups throughout the world. In the United States alone, over 616,000 Americans died from this serious condition and many more were disabled by it in 2008. 


The statistics for cardiovascular disease are eye opening:

  • In 2008, 25 percent of all American deaths were caused by cardiovascular disease. 
  • This is not a disease of one gender. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with just over half being men in 2008.
  • Each year around 785,000 have their first coronary heart attack.
  • About 470,000 more have a heart attack that is not their first.
  • The annual cost of cardiovascular disease in the United States was approximately $108.9 billion. This figure reflects medical costs and the costs of lost productivity.
  • All American ethnicities are killed by heart disease. The highest number is white (25 percent) followed by African Americans (24 percent). The lowest percentage in 2008 was American Indians or Alaska natives (17.9 percent).
  • Someone in the United States has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
  • Each minute someone in the United States dies from a heart attack.
  • 90 percent of heart disease sufferers have at least one risk factor.
  • The most common risk factors for heart disease include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise, and alcohol abuse.


If you are disabled from cardiovascular disease or another serious heart condition, you may want to consider applying for SSA disability benefits. A Rhode Island Social Security Disability lawyer can help. Call Boston area Keefe Disability Law today toll free at 888-904-6847 to see how disability benefits can help you and your family. We work with clients across New England.

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