Heart Disease Facts

Fact: Heart Disease is the #1 Killer in America1

And the troubling truth about heart disease in the United States doesn't stop there.

More facts: 

  • Every 34 seconds, someone has a heart disease-related event. Approximately every minute, someone will die from one.1 
  • About 787,650 Americans die from heart disease each year—that's 1 in every 3 deaths.1 
  • On average, more than 2,150 Americans die from heart disease each day, with one death every 40 seconds.1 
  • Of deaths attributable to heart disease, 34% occurred before the age of 75, which is about 4 years earlier than average life expectancy.1
  • Approximately 68% of people with diabetes will die from heart disease or stroke.1

Heart Disease Affects Everyone, But There's a Gap

Heart disease causes more deaths in Americans of both genders and all racial and ethnic groups than any other disease.2 Unfortunately, many Americans falsely believe that the highest rates of heart disease affect only older, White men. The truth is that heart disease takes a greater toll on certain racial and ethnic groups.1 And more women than men die of heart disease each year, although more men have heart attacks.1

In addition, women, Black Americans and Hispanic Americans who are at a high risk for heart disease are less likely to receive lifesaving treatments than Caucasian males.3,4,5 Even when they have insurance and are of the same social class, minorities often receive a lower quality of care than their Caucasian counterparts.6 

These disparities in heart disease prevalence and treatment are what we call "the gap." Learn more about how heart disease disproportionately affects these underserved patients:

Related Resources

Read related health topic articles:

Get more facts about heart disease from:

This information is not a substitute for medical care. Please consult a doctor or health care provider.


Top 3 Myths About Heart Disease in America

Download Now

What is Heart Disease?

There are many health conditions related to the heart. Find out what they are and how to prevent or treat them from Heartistry, a patient education resource from Boston Scientific. 

Visit Heartistry now

Stop Heart Disease Before it Starts

You can reduce your risk for developing heart disease with simple lifestyle changes.

Reduce your risk

What's Your Risk?

Use our assessment tool to find out if you're at risk for developing heart disease.

Assess your risk now