Cardiovascular Disease Is The Number One Leading Cause Death

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Cardiovascular disease is the number one leading cause of death in the United States of America affecting eighty one million Americans every day; taking a life every thirty eight seconds which is equal to “two thousand three hundred Americans every day” (book, p. 414). The research shows that women are more at risk of having a heart attack than men. “Each year about 425,000 women have a stroke, that is, 55,000 more than men” (Heart Attack and Stroke: Men vs. Women, p. 7). Indeed, Heart attack is known to kill 1 of every 4 women in the country. (Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet). “Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than the next four leading causes of death combined (cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents and diabetes)” (Donatelle, p. 454) Still, for many women it is unknown that they actually have a higher risk than men to experience a heart disease. (Wolf, Miller, Ko, p. 405). This happens for many reasons, education level, social status, age and racial or ethnic differences.
The heart is an organ that pumps blood from the body and maintains all the organs functioning to keep one alive; when one of the arteries that receive blood is blocked it can cause a heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI). “During a heart attack, the heart muscle (the myocardium) is damaged, and part of it die from lack of blood” (book, p. 429).
The human heart pumps around 2,000 gallons of blood to all areas of the body. “In a 70 year lifetime, an average human…
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