Coronary Heart Disease

  • This year about 1.2 million Americans will have a first or recurrent coronary attack. About 494,000 of these people will die. Coronary heart disease is the nation’s single leading cause of death.diabetes, stroke, & seizures.
  • About 7.1 million Americans age 20 and older have survived a heart attack (myocardial infarction). About 6.4 million Americans have angina pectoris (chest pain or discomfort due to reduced blood supply to the heart).


  • Each year about 700,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the United States. Nearly 163,000 of these people die, making stroke the third leading cause of death.
  • About 5.4 million U.S. stroke survivors are alive today, many of them with permanent stroke-related disabilities.
  • Women account for more than 6 in 10 stroke deaths.

High Blood Pressure

  • It is estimated that the prevalence of high blood pressure in adults age 20 and older in the U.S. is now 65 million.
  • Of all people with high blood pressure, 30 percent are unaware of it, and only 34 percent are on medication and have it controlled. 25 percent are on medication but don’t have it under control, and 11 percent aren’t on medication at all.
  • Up to 95 percent of high blood pressure cases stem from unknown causes, but the condition is easily detectable and most cases can be controlled with proper treatment.
  • Up to 95 percent of high blood pressure cases stem from unknown causes, but the condition is easily detectable and most cases can be controlled with proper treatment.
  • Normal blood pressure in adults is below 120/80 mm Hg. High blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher.


  • An estimated 26 million men and 21 million women put themselves at increased risk of heart attack and stroke by smoking cigarettes.
  • Each day about 4,000 people become regular smokers, more that 2,000 of them under the age 18.

High Blood Cholesterol

    • About 38 million American adults have cholesterol levels of 240mg/dL, or higher-the point at which it becomes a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke.
    • Your total cholesterol should be below 200mg/dL, and your HDL (good) cholesterol should be 40mg/dL or higher.

Physical Inactivity

      • Data released by the CDC show that more than 59 percent of American adults do not engage in periods of vigorous leisure-time physical activity lasting at least 10 minutes per week.

Overweight and Obesity

      • About 65 percent of Americans age 20 and older are overweight or obese.

Diabetes Mellitus

      • From two-thirds to three-fourths of people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease.

CPR Facts and Statistics

      • About 75-80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.
      • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.
      • CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
      • Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
      • Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
      • Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during this time.
      • If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation.
      • Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provide within minutes of collapse.
      • Coronary heart disease accounts for about 550,000 of the 927,000 adults who die as a result of cardiovascular disease.
      • Approximately 335,000 of all annual adult coronary heart disease deaths in the U.S. are due to sudden cardiac arrest, suffered outside the hospital setting and in hospital emergency departments.
        About 900 Americans die every day due to sudden cardiac arrest.
      • Sudden cardiac arrest is most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm call ventricular fibrillation (VF).
      • Cardiac arrest can also occur after the onset of a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning.

Comparison CPR AED Steps for Heartsaver.pdf
Summary Of CPR Steps for Healthcare Provider.pdf

For more information about heart disease and stroke or about these statistics, contact your nearest American Heart Association or call 1-800-242-8721, or visit americanheart.org.