Facts About Heart Attack and Stroke due to Atherosclerosis

  • Most heart attacks and strokes are due to arterial disease known as atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries."

  • 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

  • Screening for arterial disease can be more effective, less invasive, efficient and less expensive than most of us think.  Here is why you should get our Healthy Heart Screen for $100 and 20 minutes of your time.

    • 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, yet most are not screened optimally compared to screening for cancer

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

    • Arterial disease kills and disables far more women than all the cancers combined, yet most women are not screened optimally for arterial disease.

  • 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