Approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women; more than half of all heart related deaths in 2009 were in men. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 370,000 people annually.
Each year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of those, 525,000 suffer an attack for the first time with 210,000 happening in people who have already had one.
- Learn more about heart disease, including risk factors, symptoms, preventative measures, and treatments. | Read more from the Centers for Disease Control
- Many forms of heart disease are preventable or treatable, therefore recognizing the symptoms of the disease is a vital first step. | Read more from the Mayo Clinic
- Nutrition facts labels found on packaged food items provide important information for anyone looking to make healthier choices. Those labels have been updated in recent years based on updated scientific information. | Read more from the Food & Drug Administration
- Exercising regularly and eating and a healthy diet are among the most effective means of preventing or reducing the effects of heart disease. But making major life changes and breaking unhealthy habits can be a challenge. Here are 10 incremental steps to get started on the road to better heart health. | Read more from Harvard University