Matters of the heart

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a common illness, sadly afflicting one in every three Americans. The effects of CVD can vary from simple high-blood pressure to a fatal stroke. Interventional cardiology is primarily applied to the treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD), which is a specific cardiovascular illness.

Who is at risk?

In the U.S., men over 45 years of age and women over 55 years of age are considered at high risk of developing angina or suffering from myocardial infarction.   In 2012, the population of the U.S. was estimated to be almost 314 million, with 104.5 million people, in the high risk category. According to the American Heart Association, over 13 million people suffer from CHD, with six million suffering from angina and seven million suffering from myocardial infarction. Men are more likely to have myocardial infarctions, whereas women are more prone to developing angina. CHD is responsible for one in every five deaths, and there are over one million coronary attacks per year in the United States. This rise is growing the interventional cardiology device market to over $3.5 billion. Want more? Get more free info here