Know Your Risk for Heart Disease

Know Your Risk for Heart Disease

Heart Disease in the United States

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.1
  • One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
  • About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
  • Heart disease costs the United States about $219 billion each year from 2014 to 2015.3 This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.

Coronary Artery Disease

  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing 365,914 people in 2017.
  • About 18.2 million adults age 20 and older have CAD (about 6.7%).
  • About 2 in 10 deaths from CAD happen in adults less than 65 years old.2

Heart Attack

  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
  • Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack.  Of these,
    • 605,000 are a first heart attack
    • 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack.
    • About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.

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