Overview

Each year, heart disease is at the top of the list of the country's most serious health problems. In fact, statistics show that cardiovascular disease is America's leading health problem, and the leading cause of death. Consider the most recent statistics released by the American Heart Association.

Heart Health Statistics

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  • Approximately 84 million people in this country suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, causing about 2,200 deaths a day, averaging one death every 40 seconds.
  • Almost one out of every four deaths results from cardiovascular disease.
  • The direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular disease and stroke are about $300 billion. This figure is increasing every year.
  • An estimated 16 million US adults have coronary heart disease.
  • Approximately 78 million US adults have high blood pressure, and an estimated 20 million have diabetes.
  • Researchers estimate that an additional eight million adults have undiagnosed diabetes and 87 million have pre-diabetes.
  • Heart failure affects well over five million US adults.
  • Cardiovascular disease causes more deaths than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and accidents combined.
  • It’s a myth that heart disease is a man's disease. In fact, cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women (and men).
  • About one-third of cardiovascular disease deaths happen before age 75, and an estimated 68 percent of US adults are overweight or obese.

Though these numbers are overwhelming, you can significantly lower your chances (risk) of dying from heart disease by making small, meaningful life changes. Our heart experts at University of Utah Health's Cardiovascular Center work together to make sure you have the best tools to fight heart disease.