Heart Disease And Health Outcomes

2279 WordsJun 4, 201510 Pages
Kyle Andrade Tatiana Perrino June 2, 2015 Health Disparites Heart Disease and Health Outcomes 1. Epidemiology In the documentary, “Unatural Causes: is Inequality, making us sick?”, we are exposed to a number of different health outcomes that are ascertained due to various socioeconomic conditions. One such outcome is heart disease, which is a grave public health concern, due to its chronic effects and the sheer numbers of people living with the disease. Every year about 610,000 Americans die from heart disease, approximately 1 in every 4 deaths. Coronary heart disease is the most prevalent type of heart disease, resulting in more than 370,000 deaths annually. It tolls the United States approximately $108.9 billion each year. This massive amount includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. HEART DISEASE FACT SHEET It is the No. 1 killer in the United States, resulting in nearly 787,000 deaths in 2011. It is also the major cause of death for most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics and Whites. In respect to Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, heart disease is second only to cancer. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Every 34 seconds a person in the United States has a heart attack. While every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. dies from a heart disease related event. Approximately 720,000 people in the U.S.
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