Prevalence and Incidence of Cardiovascular diseases


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Cardiovascular diseases usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Cardiovascular diseases at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Cardiovascular diseases refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Cardiovascular diseases diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Cardiovascular diseases: 61,800,000 cases in the USA (American Heart Association, 2004)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 4 or 22.72% or 61.8 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Cardiovascular diseases: About 57 million Americans live with some form of cardiovascular disease, which causes more than 40% of all deaths in the United States; 950,000 Americans every year.1

Prevelance statistics about Cardiovascular diseases: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Cardiovascular diseases:

  • Estimated 64,400,000 in the USA 2001 (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 61.8 million Americans (NHLBI)
  • About 58 million Americans (CDC)
  • More than 20% of population in the USA 2004 (The British Heart Foundation, 2004)
  • 29,700,000 men affected in the USA (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 32,100,000 women affected in the USA (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 30% of cases in the USA are men (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 23.8% of CVD cases in the USA are women (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 40.5% of CVD cases in the USA are African-American men (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 39.6% of CVD cases in the USA are African-American women (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 28.8% of CVD cases in the USA are Mexican-American men (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 26.6% of CVD cases in the USA are Mexican-American women (American Heart Association, 2004)
  • 2.5 million cases in the UK (British Heart Foundation)
  • 1.1 million people have a disability as a result of cardiovascular problems in Australia 2001(Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • About 20% of population have cardiovascular problems in Australia 2001(Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 1 in 4 have some form of the disease in Canada (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Web Site)
  • CVD now more common in India and China than in all economically developed countries in the world added together (7)
  • Higher rates of CVD in lower socioeconomic groups in developed countries (World Health Organisation Web site)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Facts About Cardiovascular Disease: CDC-OC

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