Statistics for Heart Disease

Prevalence Rates of Heart Disease

Every year, Americans suffer more than 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes. Nearly 44% of African American men and 48% of African American women have some form of cardiovascular disease that includes heart disease and stroke.

Source: CDC DHDSP1

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An estimated 4.2 million people were living with CVD in 2014-15, and it generally has a greater impact on males, the elderly, Indigenous Australians and people living in remote and socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare2

Death Statistics for Heart Disease

Diseases of the heart and circulatory system are the largest single cause of death in the EU, accounting for about 2 million deaths in the European Union, as well as being responsible for the largest number of premature deaths before the age of 75 years.

Source: EC (EU)3

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Each day, approximately 2,200 people die from cardiovascular disease—that's more than 800,000 Americans each year, or 1 in every 3 deaths.

Source: CDC Features4

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Heart Disease Facts

  • 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.[1]
  • About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.[1]
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing about 365,000 people in 2014.[1]
  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 42 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.[2]
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and whites. For Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, heart disease is second only to cancer.[3]

Source: CDC DHDSP5

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Heart Disease Facts in Men

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 321,000 men in 2013—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths.1
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and whites. For Asian American or Pacific Islander men, heart disease is second only to cancer.[2]

Source: CDC DHDSP6

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Facts on Women and Heart Disease

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 289,758 women in 2013—that’s about 1 in every 4 female deaths.[1]
  • Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a "man's disease," around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer.[2]
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year. For American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer.[3]

Source: CDC DHDSP7

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Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of death for both males and females in Queensland, but males are often hospitalised with heart disease at a younger age and have a higher death rate than women.

Source: Queensland Government8

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Awareness among women about their No. 1 killer is increasing.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women, a fact that just a few years ago, most women did not know.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)9

Cost Statistics for Heart Disease

Together, heart disease and stroke account for more than $316.6 billion in health care costs and lost productivity annually—and these costs are rising. On a personal level, families who experience heart disease or stroke not only have to deal with medical bills but also lost wages and the potential of a decreased standard of living.

Source: CDC Features10

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Cost is an important issue when referring to heart disease and stroke. In 2007, the American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect costs for cardiovascular disease will be $431.8 billion.3

This estimate includes costs of more than $151.6 billion annually for coronary heart disease.

Workplaces are greatly affected with indirect costs that are estimated to top $148.6 billion in 2007, with those indirect costs relating to lost productivity.

Source: CDC DHDSP11

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The total cost of heart disease in 2011-2012 was $207.3 billion.1

Source: CDC DHDSP12

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Heart disease costs the United States about $207 billion each year.1 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

Source: CDC DHDSP13

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References

  1. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_aa.htm
  2. Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: aihw.gov.au/ reports-statistics/ health-conditions-disability-deaths/ heart-stroke-vascular-diseases/ overview
  3. Source: EC (EU): ec.europa.eu/ health/ major_chronic_diseases/ diseases/ cardiovascular_en
  4. Source: CDC Features: cdc.gov/ features/ AfricanAmericanHistory/ index.html
  5. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_heart_disease.htm
  6. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_men_heart.htm
  7. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_women_heart.htm
  8. Source: Queensland Government: qld.gov.au/ health/ staying-healthy/ men-women/ men/ heart
  9. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ winter14/ articles/ winter14pg20.html
  10. Source: CDC Features: cdc.gov/ features/ AfricanAmericanHistory/ index.html
  11. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_state_cholesterol.htm
  12. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_state_heartattack.htm
  13. Source: CDC DHDSP: cdc.gov/ dhdsp/ data_statistics/ fact_sheets/ fs_heart_disease.htm

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