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Heart Disease in the United States

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States is heart disease (CDC, 2022). Every 34 seconds, one person will die from cardiovascular disease in the United States (CDC, 2022). In 2020, 928,741 people died from cardiovascular-related diseases in the United States. This death rate is about 1 in every five deaths, a rise from 874,613 in 2019 (CDC, 2020; AHA, 2023). According to the 2023 update to AHA's heart disease and stroke statistics, this rise is the most significant single-year increase since 2015. Heart disease management costs about $229 billion annually, including healthcare services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.

Risk factors includes:

High blood pressure

High blood cholesterol


Other risk factors:


Overweight and obesity

Unhealthy diet

Lack of physical activity

Excessive alcohol or illegal drug use

With the support of health professionals like us, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is better able to educate the public about heart disease prevention.

Call us today for more information to our referral program (508) 304-6950 or fax information to (508) 304-6943.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, October 14). Heart disease facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved February 28, 2023, from

Cardiovascular deaths saw steep rise in U.S. during first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. (2023, February 17). Retrieved February 28, 2023, from

HEALTH CARE DISCLAIMER: Our blog does not constitute the practice of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always speak first to your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition or is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or call your local emergency medical team.


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