I'm running for the American Heart Association for a couple of reasons. First, I hate running and I'm a glutton for punishment; and, secondly, cardiovascular disease runs in my family. It's affected my grandmother, aunt, uncle, and my mom.
Did you know:
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2015 were in men.
- About 630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
- Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing about 366,000 people in 2015.
- In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Each minute, more than one person in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and whites. For Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, heart disease is second only to cancer.
- Heart disease costs the United States about $200 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
So, I'm doing my part and trying to raise a little awareness and, hopefully, do some fundraising along the way.
Thank you for supporting American Heart Association. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.