Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, are devastating diseases that share many of the same risk factors and can often occur together. The American Heart Association estimates that cardiovascular disease accounts for about one of every three deaths in the United States each year, making it the leading cause of death in the country. Someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds, and more than 92 million Americans are living with at least one form of the disease or the after-effects of stroke.
Despite the high death rate from cardiovascular disease in the United States, we have made progress. Death rates (per 100,000 population) from heart disease have dropped substantially in recent years, from 412 in 1980 to 168 in 2015. In 2013, stroke dropped to the fifth leading cause of death after being the third or fourth leading cause for 75 years. These declines are due to better prevention, diagnosis and treatment.Download