Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. It is a range of conditions including arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and congenital heart defects. The term ‘heart disease’ is often used to describe conditions which involve narrow or blocked blood vessels which can lead to heart attack, chest pains or stroke.
There is good news, though. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. While Americans of all backgrounds are at risk, affects African American men, especially those in the southeast, are at the highest risk for heart disease.
Additional risk factors include diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use.
- About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year-that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
- Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.
- Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.