• In Missouri over 1 in 4 deaths are due to heart disease (National Vital Statistics Report 2009).
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.
  • Someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds and every minute someone dies from a heart disease related illness.

  • The total cost of heart disease in the United States for hospitals, businesses, and medications is over $316 billion dollars.
  • In 2006, 316,000 women died from heart disease and 315,706 American men.
  • Almost half of the men who suffer a heart attack before age 65 die within 8 years (Centers for Disease Control 2009).

  • About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure.
  • High Blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and congestive heart failure.
  • 25% of Americans have pre-hypertension which raises your risk for hypertension.
  • More than 22.5% of people with high blood pressure do not know they have it.

  • Among whites only, 11.4% have heart disease, 6.1% have coronary heart disease, 22.2% have hypertension, and 2.2% have had a stroke.
  • Among blacks or African Americans, 10.2% have heart disease, 6.0% have coronary heart disease, 31.7% have hypertension, and 3.7% have had a stroke.
  • Among Hispanics or Latinos, 8.8% have heart disease, 5.7% have coronary heart disease, 20.6% have hypertension, and 2.5% have had a stroke.
  • Among Asians, 6.9% have heart disease, 4.3% have coronary heart disease, 19.5% have hypertension, and 2.6% have had a stroke.
  • Among Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, heart disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke numbers are suppressed owing to large relative standard error, and 28.5%* have hypertension.
  • Among American Indians or Alaska Natives, 10.5% have heart disease, 5.6%* have coronary heart disease, and 25.5% have hypertension, and stroke numbers are suppressed owing to large relative standard error.
  • Asian Indian adults (9%) are approximately 2 times as likely as Korean adults (4%) to have ever been told they have heart disease.

For more information about heart disease statistics:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
American Heart Association