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Posted on: February 12, 2024

February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month

Heart Disease in the United States

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.1
  • One person dies every 34 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.1
  • About 697,000 people in the United States died from heart disease in 2020—that’s 1 in every 5 deaths.1,2
  • Heart disease cost the United States about $229 billion each year from 2017 to 2018.3 This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.


Coronary Artery Disease

  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing 382,820 people in 2020.2
  • About 20.1 million adults age 20 and older have CAD (about 7.2%).2
  • In 2020, about 2 in 10 deaths from CAD happen in adults less than 65 years old.2

Heart Attack

  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.2
  • Every year, about 805,000 people in the United States have a heart attack.2  Of these,
    • 605,000 are a first heart attack2
    • 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack2
    • About 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.2

Heart Disease Deaths Vary by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic, and white men. For women from the Pacific Islands and Asian American, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic women, heart disease is second only to cancer.1

Americans at Risk for Heart Disease

High blood pressurehigh blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease.

Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:

 

DHDSP County Profile for Wake, NC

Source: CDC

AHA Cardiac



 

 

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