Heart disease is the greatest health threat to both sexes (a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men).
Lowering your blood pressure may decrease your risk of stroke and heart disease by about 50%.
Bacteria that grows in your mouth and causes gum disease may double your risk for a heart attack. Regular brushing and flossing can sweeten your breath and improve your health.
Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack.
1 of every 3 deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease and stroke.
A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds.
Walking 30 minutes a day can lower risk for heart attack and stroke.
Every 39 seconds someone dies from heart disease or stroke.
Just one year after you quit smoking, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
80% of heart disease can be prevented. (Source: American Heart Association)
About heart disease in women …
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. It accounts for 1 in every 4 female deaths.
64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
23% of women die within 1 year of having a heart attack.
One woman dies from heart disease every 60 seconds.
Women have a 15% greater chance of having a heart attack on a Monday than any other day of the week.
90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African-American and white women in the United States.
A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats per minute.
Studies have shown that women who drink 2 or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day have a higher risk of heart disease. Skip the soda and replace one sugary drink with water each day. (Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cleveland Clinic, American Heart Association)
Hear From Real Patients
About your heart …
The average heart is the size of a fist in an adult.
Your heart will beat about 115,000 times each day.
Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.
An electrical system controls the rhythm of your heart. It’s called the cardiac conduction system.
The heart can continue beating even when it’s disconnected from the body.
The first open-heart surgery occurred in 1893. It was performed by Daniel Hale Williams, who was one of the few black cardiologists in the United States at the time.
The first implantable pacemaker was used in 1958. Arne Larsson, who received the pacemaker, lived longer than the surgeon who implanted it. Larsson died at 86 of a disease that was unrelated to his heart.
The youngest person to receive heart surgery was only a minute old. She had a heart defect that many babies don’t survive. Her surgery was successful, but she’ll eventually need a heart transplant.
The earliest known case of heart disease was identified in the remains of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy.
The fairy fly, which is a kind of wasp, has the smallest heart of any living creature.
The American pygmy shrew is the smallest mammal, but it has the fastest heartbeat at 1,200 beats per minute.
Whales have the largest heart of any mammal.
The giraffe has a lopsided heart, with their left ventricle being thicker than the right. This is because the left side has to get blood up the giraffe’s long neck to reach their brain.
Most heart attacks happen on a Monday.
Christmas day is the most common day of the year for heart attacks to happen.
The human heart weighs less than 1 pound. However, a man’s heart, on average, is 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart.
A woman’s heart beats slightly faster than a man’s heart.
The beating sound of your heart is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing.
It’s possible to have a broken heart. It’s called broken heart syndrome and can have similar symptoms as a heart attack. The difference is that a heart attack is from heart disease and broken heart syndrome is caused by a rush of stress hormones from an emotional or physical stress event.
Death from a broken heart, or broken heart syndrome, is possible but extremely rare.
The iconic heart shape as a symbol of love is traditionally thought to come from the silphium plant, which was used as an ancient form of birth control.
If you were to stretch out your blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles.
Heart cells stop dividing, which means heart cancer is extremely rare.
Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.
Your heart affects every part of your body. That also means that diet, lifestyle, and your emotional well-being can affect your heart. Emotional and physical health are both important for maintaining a healthy heart. (Source: HealthLine)