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Heart Disease Facts That You Shouldn't Ignore

February 18, 2021

The most important heart disease fact is that it is still the No. 1 cause of death among men and women in the United States. And it’s important to remember that heart disease affects men and women differently. Not only as it develops, but the signs and symptoms, too.

These findings are based on the American Heart Association's 2020 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, which is compiled annually by the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and other partners. Here’s what they found.

Heart Disease Facts 2020

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD), listed as the underlying cause of death, accounted for 859,125 deaths in the U.S. in 2017.
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease combined.
  • Between 2013 and 2016, 121.5 million American adults had some form of cardiovascular disease. Between 2014 and 2015, direct and indirect costs of total cardiovascular diseases and stroke were $351.3 billion ($213.8 billion in direct costs and $137.5 billion in lost productivity/mortality).
  • From 2013 to 2016, 57.1% of non-Hispanic (NH) Black females and 60.1% of NH Black males had some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • In 2017, coronary heart disease was the leading cause (42.6%) of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease in the U.S., followed by stroke (17.0%), high blood pressure (10.5%), heart failure (9.4%), diseases of the arteries (2.9%), and other cardiovascular diseases (17.6%).
  • CVD is the leading global cause of death. CVD accounted for approximately 17.8 million deaths in 2017. This number is expected to grow to more than 22.2 million by 2030, according to a 2014 study. CVD and stroke accounted for 14% of total health expenditures from 2014 to 2015. This is more than any major diagnostic group.

Coronary Heart Disease Facts

  • Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.
  • Coronary heart disease accounted for approximately 13% of deaths in the U.S. in 2017, causing 365,914 deaths.
  • According to data from 2005 to 2014, the estimated annual incidence of a heart attack in the U.S. was 605,000 new attacks and 200,000 recurrent attacks. The average age at the first heart attack was 65.6 years for males and 72 years for females.
  • Approximately every 40 seconds an American will have a heart attack.
  • From 2007 to 2017, the annual death rate attributable to coronary heart disease declined 28.1% and the actual number of deaths declined 10%, but the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high.
  • The estimated direct and indirect cost of heart disease from 2014 to 2015 (average annual) was $218. 7 billion.
  • Heart attacks ($12.1 billion) and coronary heart disease ($9 billion) were 2 of the 10 most expensive conditions treated in U.S. hospitals in 2013.

Decrease Your Risk For Heart Disease

The American Heart Association gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke. They’re called "Life's Simple 7," which includes:

  • Not smoking
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy diet
  • Bodyweight
  • Control of cholesterol
  • Controlling blood pressure
  • Controlling blood sugar

It’s never too late to start living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Making heart-healthy decisions can help you live longer, giving you the chance to see your grandchildren grow.

And it’s never too early to see your doctor and discuss your risk for heart disease. In fact, the primary prevention guidelines say that the earlier the risk factors for heart disease are prevented or treated, the less likely you are to develop heart disease later in life.

So, if you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, make an appointment to discuss how you can prevent this highly preventable condition.

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If you are at risk of or suffering from heart disease, you can get advice from our cardiologists. Or you can check out our guide: “Cardiology Tests That Are Helping Hearts Stay Healthy.”

This guide will introduce you to three tests your cardiologist can perform to determine how healthy your heart is. In fact, one of the tests can tell you if you’re at risk of having a heart attack within the next 10 years.

How to Tell if You'll Have a Heart Attack