"Go Red for Men, Too!"
Here's some stats from the CDC on heart disease in men, lest the guys out there feel left out tomorrow:
Although my feelings about the commercial nature of the Go Red for Women Campaign haven't changed much, as I read over these older statistics for heart disease, I sometimes wonder if guys should wear black tomorrow instead.
- In 2005, 322,841 men died from heart disease, the leading cause of death for men in the United States.
- The age-adjusted death rate for heart disease in men was 260 per 100,000 population in 2005.
- About 9.4% of all white men, 7.1% of black men, and 5.6% of Mexican American men live with coronary heart disease.
- The average age of a first heart attack for men is 66 years.
- Almost half of men who have a heart attack under age 65 die within 8 years.
- Results from the Framingham Heart Study suggest that men have a 49% lifetime risk of developing coronary heart disease after the age of 40.
- Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
- Major risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, diabetes, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.
- In a large study of blood pressure treatment and control, an average reduction of 12 to 13 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure over 4 years of follow-up was associated with a 21% reduction in coronary heart disease, 37% reduction in stroke, and 13% reduction in all-cause mortality rates.
- Studies suggest that a 10% decrease in total cholesterol levels may reduce the development of coronary heart disease by as much as 30%.
Nah. That would be too depressing.
Red, baby, red.