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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects the heart and blood vessels. The latest research from the American Heart Association (AHA) found that deaths due to CVD have declined 30% over a 10-year period (1998-2008). Despite this, CVD is still a leading cause of death in the US.
The AHA also provided data on some of the major types of cardiovascular diseases, for example:
- One in every 6 deaths is due to heart disease.
- One in every 9 deaths is due to heart failure.
- One in every 18 deaths is due to stroke (the death rate has dropped almost 35% in a 10-year period).
These statistics are powerful because they help you understand the seriousness of being diagnosed with a type of CVD. If you have risk factors for CVD, like high blood pressure, obesity, or type 2 diabetes, it is important that you work closely with your doctor to create an effective treatment plan. By addressing these risk factors, you may be able to improve your health and live longer.
- How common is cardiovascular disease?
- What causes cardiovascular disease?
- Am I at risk for cardiovascular disease?
- How can I reduce my risk of cardiovascular disease?
- What are the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease?
- What tests are used to diagnose cardiovascular disease?
- How is cardiovascular disease treated?
Roger VL, Go AS, et al. Executive summary: heart disease and stroke statistics—2012 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012;125(1):188-197.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2016
- Update Date: 12/20/2014