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Heart, or cardiovascular, disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.

Heart Education

Heart, or cardiovascular, disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Every minute, someone dies from a heart attack or other coronary attack. The numbers are staggering. More than 11 million Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease. Nearly 5 million have congestive heart failure, 7 million have had a heart attack, and more than 6 million have experienced angina (chest pain). Of those with heart disease, 52.2 percent are male and 47.8 percent are female and more than 2 of every 5 Americans die of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease includes a number of conditions affection the structures or function of the heart. They can include:

  • Coronary artery disease

  • Abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmia

  • Angina

  • Heart failure

  • Heart attack

  • Congenital heart disease

  • Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)

  • Vascular disease (blood vessel disease)

  • Risk factors for stroke