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The Facts about critical illnesses

Every year, about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack- 580,000 for the first time...

Every 40 seconds, someone in America will have a coronary event.



You never know when you or someone you care for may be affected by a critical illness. The good news is that more people are surviving critical illnesses thanks to improved treatment options and lifestyle changes.


Common critical illnesses may include conditions such as heart attack, stroke, major organ failure and cancer.

  • 85% of heart attack victims survive.

  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.

  • Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the organ donation waiting list.

  • 37 million people or 15% of U.S. adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease.

Risk Factors:

Fortunately, we know more about what causes many critical illnesses, and many Americans are more conscious about their health.

  • Heredity is just one stroke risk factor; others include age, gender, ethnicity and even some medical conditions.

  • Diabetes and hypertension are the leading causes of kidney failure.

  • Up to 80% of strokes are preventable.


Importance of financial protection:

Many working Americans aren't financially prepared for critical illness treatment and recovery.

  • More than half of Americans (57% have less than $1,000 in savings.

  • 16% of people under 65 were in families having problems paying medical bills.


Critical illness insurance may help with costs such as:

  • Lost income

  • Travel and lodging

  • Medical expenses

  • Rehabilitation

People who are at risk?

  1. People with High Blood Pressure

  2. People with High Cholesterol

  3. People who smoke.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Conditions That Increase Risk for Stroke, 2018
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