Facts About Heart Attack and Stroke

  • Over 2,000 Americans die each day from heart attacks and stroke – one out of every 3 deaths or one every 40 seconds

  • Cardiovascular disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined 

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the world and the leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 375,000 people a year

  • About 8.5 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after effects of stroke

  • About 635,000 people in the US have a first time heart attack each year and 300,000 have recurrent heart attacks

  • Six of every ten Americans who have suffered a heart attack never knew they had cardiovascular disease

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women

  • Only 54 percent of women recognize that heart disease is their number one killer

  • Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing 129,000 people a year 

  • About 795,000 people have a stroke every year in the US

  • Stroke is the leading preventable cause of disability