Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is one of the most prevalent health issues that Americans face in their lifetimes. Cardiovascular disease can include coronary artery disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, angina, and rheumatic heart disease, and remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease accounts for about one million deaths each year. While many factors like family history and age can contribute to the onset of common heart diseases like coronary artery disease, lifestyle choices can greatly reduce a person’s risk for heart disease.
It’s important to understand the impact of cardiovascular disease in the United States and what can be done to improve these staggering figures. Here are some 2020 heart disease statistics that may surprise you: