Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.
•In 2007, heart disease was the leading cause of death in 309,821 American men
•In 2008, over 616,000 people died of heart disease. Heart disease caused almost 25% of deaths—almost one in every four—in the United States.
•The average age for a first heart attack for men is 66 years.
•Almost half of men who have a heart attack under age 65 die within 8 years.
•Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
Heart disease can be prevented and treated. The first step is knowing if you’re at risk.