Heart Facts

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Statistics

High Level Stats (Source: CDC)

*Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

*About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

*Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.

*Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

Specific to Pediatrics

*Congenital heart defects are America’s and every country’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD. (source: childrensheartfoundation.org)

*Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a congenital heart defect. Thousands of them will not reach their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood.

*Each year over 1,000,000 babies are born worldwide with a congenital heart defect. 100,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood.

Specific to Cardiomyopathy

*Cardiomyopathy often goes undiagnosed, so the numbers can vary. As many as 1 of 500 adults may have this condition.

*It is estimated that 750,000 people in the United States have dilated cardiomyopathy; roughly half of these cases are familial.

*Dilated cardiomyopathy occurs in about 3 times as many men as women and 3 times as many blacks as whites.

*About 5 to 8 of every 100,000 people develop the disorder each year.