heart disease key facts
People with heart disease are at the highest risk of developing arrhythmias, so reducing heart disease is key to reducing arrhythmia.
- In 1999, heart disease accounted for 30 percent of all deaths in the U.S., which is more than 725,000 people.1
- The first leading cause of death in people 65 years and over was diseases of the heart (ICD Codes-I00-I09, I11, I13, I20-I51). It is the second leading cause of death in 45-64 year olds. 2
- Death rates for blacks from heart disease were 29 percent higher than for whites. 3
- Death rates for men from heart disease were 49 percent higher than for women. 4
- An estimated 101 million Americans have cholesterol levels of 200 milligrams per deciliter or higher, which puts them at increased risk for heart disease. 5
- Mississippi, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Louisiana have the highest rates of death from diseases of the heart. 6