10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide — accounting for one-third of deaths in 2019 — and the death toll continues to rise, a new paper says. China had the highest number of heart disease deaths last year, followed by India, Russia, the United States and Indonesia.
How many people are living with heart disease worldwide?
Heart failure (HF) is a global pandemic affecting at least 26 million people worldwide and is increasing in prevalence.
Are heart problems becoming more common?
Although Americans are suffering fewer heart attacks as a whole, the rate of heart attacks for people under 40 is increasing. For the last several decades, aging has been established as one of the biggest risk factors for heart attacks, typically affecting men 50+ and women 65+.
Why is heart failure on the rise?
“The epidemics of diabetes and obesity both contribute to the rising number of patients who acquire heart failure — our growing population of the elderly are particularly susceptible,” said Mariell Jessup, M.D., a heart failure expert and former president of the American Heart Association.