The Problem

What is the problem we are working on?

Heart Disease


Each year, about 610,000
people die of heart disease in the U.S.

Every 43 seconds someone
in the U.S. has
a heart attack.

Nearly 8 million people in the
U.S. have had
a heart attack.




Each year, nearly 130,000 people
in the U.S. die of stroke,
nearly 1 in every 19 deaths.
Only heart disease and cancer
kill more people.

Stroke is a leading cause of
serious long-term disability.

Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. each year is caused by heart disease and stroke. At least 200,000 of these deaths could have been prevented through changes in health habits, such as stopping smoking, more physical activity, and less salt in the diet; community changes to create healthier living spaces, such as safe places to exercise and smoke-free areas; and managing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

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