The Facts on Heart Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 Killer of men and women in the U.S. Learn how to prevent it.

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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States.

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Cardiovascular disease killed an average of one American every 40 seconds in 2010, according to a 2013 report on heart disease and stroke statistics from the American Heart Association. And yet, 74 percent of participants in the Cleveland Clinic survey don’t fear they’ll die of heart disease. While the death rates attributable to cardiovascular disease have declined in recent years, the disease is still at large. “It’s really important we don’t sit quietly and say, ‘Boy, cardiovascular events kill people, but it’s not going to happen to me,’” Krasuski says.

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