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Key Facts About Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.

About 659,000 people in the United States die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

Coronary Artery Disease

  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing 360,900 people in 2019.
  • About 18.2 million adults age 20 and older have CAD (about 6.7% of total US population).
  • About 2 in 10 deaths from CAD happen in adults less than 65 years old.

Heart Attack

  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
  • Every year, about 805,000 people in the United States have a heart attack.  Of these,
    • 605,000 are a first heart attack
    • 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack
    • About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.

Every year, about 805,000 people in the United States have a heart attack.

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What are the symptoms of heart disease?

Sometimes heart disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until a person experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or arrhythmia. When these events happen, symptoms may include

  • Heart attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, and shortness of breath.
  • Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations).
  • Heart failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue, or swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins.

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of people in the United States (47%) have at least one of these three risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including

Facts and Figures are from https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease.

What can you do?

If you would like to learn more about your potential risk of heart disease and speak to one of our experienced Cardiologists, please schedule your appointment today with CVC by calling 602.867.8644 or clicking the Schedule an Appointment button below.

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