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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥40 Years Who Ever Had a Cardiovascular Event* and Are Now Taking Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent or Control Heart Disease, by Sex and Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, 2012†


The figure above is a bar chart showing the percentage of adults aged ≥40 years who ever had a cardiovascular event and are now taking low-dose aspirin to prevent or control heart disease, by sex and race/ethnicity in the United States during 2012. In 2012, 69.6% of adults aged ≥40 years who ever had a cardiovascular event (73.2% of men and 65.4% of women) were currently taking low-dose aspirin to prevent or control heart disease. Non-Hispanic white men (75.9%) were more likely to be taking low-dose aspirin compared with Hispanic (60.7%) and non-Hispanic black men (60.6%). No statistically significant differences were observed among women by race/ethnicity.

* Includes heart attack (myocardial infarction), angina pectoris, coronary heart disease, or stroke.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized U.S. civilian population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample adult component.

§ 95% confidence interval.


In 2012, 69.6% of adults aged ≥40 years who ever had a cardiovascular event (73.2% of men and 65.4% of women) were taking low-dose aspirin to prevent or control heart disease. Non-Hispanic white men (75.9%) were more likely to be taking low-dose aspirin compared with Hispanic (60.7%) and non-Hispanic black men (60.6%). No statistically significant differences were oberved among women by race/ethnicity. 

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2012 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Renee M. Gindi, PhD, iuz2@cdc.gov, 301-458-4502; Brian W. Ward, PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above is a bar chart showing the percentage of adults aged ≥40 years who ever had a cardiovascular event and are now taking low-dose aspirin to prevent or control heart disease, by sex and race/ethnicity in the United States during 2012. In 2012, 69.6% of adults aged ≥40 years who ever had a cardiovascular event (73.2% of men and 65.4% of women) were currently taking low-dose aspirin to prevent or control heart disease. Non-Hispanic white men (75.9%) were more likely to be taking low-dose aspirin compared with Hispanic (60.7%) and non-Hispanic black men (60.6%). No statistically significant differences were observed among women by race/ethnicity.



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