Staggering Stats

by Standup 2 Heart Disease, June 24, 2017

Brought to you by the American Heart Association.

Heart Disease

  • Heart Disease (including Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, and Stroke) remains to be

the No. 1 cause of death in the US.

  • Coronary heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US, killing over 360,000 people a


  • About 790,000 people in the US have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 114,000 will


  • The estimated annual incidence of heart attack in the US is 580,000 new attacks and 210,000

recurrent attacks. Average age at the first heart attack is 65.3 years for males and 71.8 years

for females.

  • Approximately every 40 seconds, an American will have a heart attack.

  • From 2004 to 2014, the annual death rate attributable to coronary heart disease declined 35.5

percent – but the burden and risk factors remain alarmingly high.

  • The estimated direct and indirect cost of heart disease in 2012 to 2013 (average annual) was

$199.6 billion.

  • Heart attacks ($11.5 billion) and Coronary Heart Disease ($10.4 billion) were 2 of the 10 most

expensive hospital principal discharge diagnoses.

  • Between 2013 and 2030, medical costs of Coronary Heart Disease are projected to increase

by about 100 percent.

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