Heart disease in the U.S.


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Cardiovascular disease includes diseases of the heart and blood vessels — this group of diseases includes heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, myocardial infarction and stroke. The global statistics show that ischemic heart disease was the leading cause of death worldwide in 2016, killing 9.43 million people. Strokes caused the next highest number of deaths, killing 5.78 million people.

The number of deaths caused by COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) amounted to 3.04 million people worldwide in 2016. Lower respiratory infections ranked fourth, causing approximately 2.96 million deaths around the globe in the same year.


The data on the rates of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. in 2015 shows that the most significant cause of death was diseases of the heart, which was responsible for 165.5 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in the country.

Certain traits, conditions or habits can be considered risk factors as they can increase the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease. Low physical activity, unhealthy diets and stress all contribute to increased coronary heart disease.

The following graph represents the risk of heart disease in the U.S. between 2000 and 2016 among different age groups. The heart disease risk for adults aged 18 and older was 11.3 percent from 2000 to 2001. The rate among the same age group increased to 11.5 percent in 2013-2014 and reached 11.6 percent in 2016-2016. For those aged 65 years and older, the risk was much greater (30.9 percent) in 2000-2001. From 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 the rate decreased to 29.4 percent and 28.29 percent respectively.


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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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