Studies show that CAD is developed during childhood and teenage years.
“Coronary artery disease begins in childhood, so that by the teenage years, there is evidence that plaques that will stay with us for life are formed in most people,” said Edward A. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., who is the Leon H. Charney Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and also of the Marc and Ruti Bell Vascular Biology and Disease Program at the NYU School of Medicine.

“Preventive measures instituted early are thought to have greater lifetime benefits. Healthy lifestyles will delay the progression of CAD, and there is hope that CAD can be regressed before it causes heart disease.”

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CAD is the leading cause of death world-wide.
The WHO (World Health Organization) states that Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVD than from any other cause. An estimated 17.7 million people died from CVDs in 2015, representing 31% of all global deaths.  Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million were due to coronary heart disease making it the leading cause of death among the diseases classified as CVDs (coronary heart disease (CAD), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), peripheral arterial disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)

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Genetics and hereditary factors are key in determining who will develop CAD.

Children of parents with heart disease are more likely to develop it themselves. Most people with a strong family history of heart disease have one or more other risk factors. Just as you can't control your age, sex and race, you can't control your family history. Therefore, it's even more important to treat and control any other risk factors you have.

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Heart Attack Q&A:
Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more coronary attacks have another attack.  A heart attack occurs every 34 seconds in the US.

In the past decade heart disease caused almost 25% of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States.  Coronary heart disease alone is estimated to cost the United States over $110 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

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