Heart Disease: Quick Facts

 Quick facts about heart disease

Quick facts about heart disease

  • 720,000 people die of heart disease every year
  • It is the most common disease among men and women
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined
  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds
  • In women, 1 in 3 die of heart disease compared to 1 in 31 for breast cancer
  • 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease
  • The symptoms of heart disease are different in men and women, and are often misunderstood
  • An American dies of cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds
  • Direct and indirect costs related to heart disease total to 320.1 billion
  • Worldwide, tobacco smoking was one of the top three risk factors 
  • Less than 1% of U.S. adults meet the American Heart Association's definition for an "ideal healthy diet."

Learn more at theheartfoundation.org and heart.org