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Heart Disease Facts

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.1 People of all ages and backgrounds can get the condition.

America's Heart Disease Burden

Deaths Vary by Ethnicity

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and whites. Below is the percentage of all deaths caused by heart disease in 2004, listed by ethnicity.

Race of Ethnic Group % of Deaths
African Americans 25.8
American Indians or Alaska Natives 19.8
Asians or Pacific Islanders 24.6
Hispanics 22.7
Whites 27.5
All 27.2

Deaths Vary by Geography

Across the United States, death rates due to heart disease in 2006 were highest in Mississippi and lowest in Minnesota.

Risk Prevention for Heart Disease

Early Action is Key to Preventing a Heart Attack

Americans at Risk for Heart Disease

Below is the percentage of U.S. adults with heart disease risk factors in 2005-2006.

Risk Factor %
Inactivity 39.5
Obesity 33.9
High Blood Pressure 30.5
Cigarette Smoking 20.8
High Cholesterol 15.6
Diabetes 10.1

In 2003, approximately 37% of adults reported having two or more of the risk factors listed above.