leading cause of death worldwide, and it is the second most common cause of emergencydepartment visits in the United States. More than $140 billion are spent each year for thediagnosis and management of CAD.
Diagnosing myocardial ischemia prior to a heart attack is important because ischemicheart disease is responsible for approximately 14% of all deaths worldwide. Approximately 1.5million Americans will have a heart attack this year as a result of myocardial ischemia; about500,000 of those will be fatal.Angina occurs more frequently in women than in men, and in blacks and Hispanics morethan in whites. It also occurs more frequently as people age--25% of women over the age of 85and 27% of men who are 80-84 years old have angina.Number one killer in the United States and worldwide. Every minute, an American diesof coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease afflicts over 13 million Americans.
MORTALITY: TEN LEADING CAUSES BY SEXNumber, Rate/100,000 Population and Percent DistributionPhilippines, 2004