February American Hearth Month

February American Hearth Month

Join WSFL in our effort to raise awareness for heart disease, the most common killer in people worldwide. February is National heart Health Awareness month, and we want to share some helpful links and information to help you treat and prevent heart disease.

Heart Disease in the United States

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.1

  • One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.1

  • About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.2

  • Heart disease costs the United States about $219 billion each year from 2014 to 2015.3 This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.

Coronary Artery Disease

  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing 365,914 people in 2017.4

  • About 18.2 million adults age 20 and older have CAD (about 6.7%).3

  • About 2 in 10 deaths from CAD happen in adults less than 65 years old.4

Early Action Is Important for Heart AttackKnow the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

Heart Attack

  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds.3

  • Every year, about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack.3  Of these,

    • 605,000 are a first heart attack3

    • 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack3

    • About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.3

Americans At Risk For Heart Disease

High blood pressurehigh blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease.

Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:

CDC Public Health Efforts Related to Heart Disease

More Information

*Reference – CDC*