By the Numbers: Heart Disease

In honor of National Heart Month, we present some numbers on heart disease. All numbers are for 2014, which is the most recent data available.


Heart disease ranking in cause of death among Americans.


Percentage of American adults with diagnosed heart disease.


Percentage of cardiac deaths that happen outside of a hospital.


Approximate percentage of Americans who have one of three major risk factors – high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the inability to quit smoking tobacco.


The percentage of survey respondents who recognized chest pain as a heart attack symptom, however, only 27 percent were aware of all the major symptoms, which include upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach; shortness of breath; nausea, lightheadedness or cold sweats.


Annual number of U.S. deaths due to heart disease.


The average number of Americans who have a heart attack annually. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack.

27.6 million

Number of adult Americans with diagnosed heart disease.

$207 billion

The annual cost of heart disease in the U.S., including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity.