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Nearly Half of American Adults Have Cardiovascular Disease

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • According to the latest statistics by the American Heart Association (AHA), 48 percent of American adults have cardiovascular disease (CVD) — a classification that includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke
  • The rise in CVD prevalence is primarily driven by updated blood pressure guidelines, which identify a blood pressure over 130/80 mm Hg as hypertensive, whereas before the cutoff was 140/90 mm Hg
  • Deaths from CVD are again on the rise, after decades of being on the decline. In 2016, there were 840,678 recorded deaths from CVD in the U.S., up from 836,546 the year before
  • High cholesterol is not a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Three factors that have a far greater influence on your CVD risk are iron overload, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation
  • Two tests that are important for assessing your CVD risk are the serum ferritin and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) tests

According to the latest statistics by the American Heart Association (AHA), nearly half (48 percent) of all American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) — a classification that includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke — and deaths from CVD are again on the rise, after decades of being on the decline.

In 2016, there were 840,678 recorded deaths from CVD in the U.S., up from 836,546 the year before. The rise in prevalence of CVD, however, is primarily driven by updated blood pressure guidelines, which as of 2017 identify a blood pressure over 130/80 mm Hg as hypertensive, whereas before the cutoff was 140/90 mm Hg.


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