A few important statistics from the Center for Disease Control
- In 2006, 631,636 people died of heart disease. Heart disease caused 26% of deaths—more than one in every four—in the United States.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were women.
- Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. In 2005, 445,687 people died from coronary heart disease.
- Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack.
- In 2010, heart disease will cost the United States $316.4 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.