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Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the US
Two-thirds of US women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no symptoms
50% of heart attack victims have normal blood pressure
50% of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women over age 25 in the United States

Key Heart Disease Facts

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KEY FACTS

  1. 75% of stroke victims have normal blood pressure levels. 4 out of 5 stroke victims have no apparent warning signs
     
  2. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, more than AIDS and ALL cancers combined
     
  3. Heart Disease is also the most expensive and costly of the chronic diseases, almost by a 2 to 1 margin
     
  4. In 2008, the total cost (direct and indirect) of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. was estimated at $448.5 billion
     
  5. A person with a family history of heart disease is ten times more likely to have any cardiovascular disease
     
  6. Twice as many people die from a silent heart attack compared with those who experience the typical symptoms
     
  7. All ethnicities are impacted by heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and whites
     
  8. It is estimated that 80% of cardiovascular disease can be reversed or eliminated

Additional Facts

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, more than AIDS and ALL cancers combined

This year more than 920,000 Americans will have a heart attack; nearly half of them will occur without prior symptoms or warning signs

Heart Disease is also the most expensive and costly of the chronic diseases, almost by a 2 to 1 margin

In 2008, the total cost (direct and indirect) of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. was estimated at $448.5 billion

50% of heart attack victims have normal blood pressure levels

50% of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels

75% of stroke victims have normal blood pressure levels. 4 out of 5 stroke victims have no apparent warning signs

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women over age 25 in the United States

Nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease and stroke than from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer

Nearly two-thirds of American women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no symptoms

One in every three women dies of heart disease. However, only 20% of women consider heart disease to be their own greatest health risk

A person with a family history of heart disease is ten times more likely to have any cardio vascular disease

Twice as many people die from a silent heart attack compared with those who experience the typical symptoms

All ethnicities are impacted by heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and whites

About 42% of people who experience a heart attack in a given year will die from it, and about 66% of heart attack patients do not make a complete recovery

It is estimated that 80% of cardiovascular disease can be reversed or eliminated.


Links to Additional Heart Disease Facts and Statistics

American Heart Association

Centers for Disease Control and Detection / Heart Disease Facts

Centers for Disease Control and Detection / Detection: What You Can Do

Heart Rhythm Society / Heart Disease Facts

54 Random Facts About Heart Disease

WomensHealth.gov / Heart Disease Fact Sheet

IL Department of Public Health / Women's Health Facts About Cardiovascular Disease

Yahoo Health / Heart Disease: Facts and Figures

Health Care Online / Cardiovascular Facts

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation / Heart Disease Facts

HeartDiseaseFacts.com

The Heart Foundation / Heart Disease: Scope and Impact