- Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States.
- Heart disease causes 1 of every 3 deaths in the country.
- Americans suffer more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year.
- Everyday, 2,200 people die from cardiovascular disease.
- Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of disability in our country-keeping more than 3 million people from enjoying the quality of life they’d like.
People of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities can have a heart attack or stroke. However, certain groups – African Americans, people between the ages of 40 and 60, and women – are at higher risk. But many of the people who are at high risk for heart attack or stroke don’t know it. Each of us can take steps to achieve the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years.
Be one in a Million Hearts™ by taking the pledge to:
Know your ABCS:
Appropriate Aspirin Therapy
Blood Pressure Control
Will you be one in a Million Hearts™?
Visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov to take the pledge to save a heart today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They work alongside other federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration.