Heart Disease: By the Numbers

For more than 70 years, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the United States.

Heart disease extends beyond the suddenness and potential fatality of a heart attack.

Many forms of chronic heart disease cause several quality-of-life-limiting symptoms, often progressing so subtly that sufferers can explain away these symptoms as “just getting older.”

Talk to your primary care provider about your risk for heart disease, any potential symptoms, and if you need a cardiologist.

No. 1

Cause of death in both men and women in the United States.


Heart disease-related deaths in the US last year.

1 in 5

Deaths caused by a form of heart disease.


Heart attacks in the US last year.

40 seconds

How often heart attacks occur in the US.


People that experienced a heart attack for the first time.

20.5 million

Heart disease-related deaths worldwide.


People around the world living with heart disease.


Heart disease cases that are preventable by taking healthy actions.

Symptoms of heart disease

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
  • Fainting/Near-fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn

Anyone feeling symptoms of sudden chest pain or discomfort, pain that radiates to the arms, jaw, back, or stomach, or feeling lightheaded, or other potential symptoms of a heart attack, call 911.


Heart care at McLaren Health Care

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Heart disease risk

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