Heart disease risk by age in the U.S. 1999-2017

This statistic depicts the heart disease risk in the United States between 1999 and 2017, by age. The heart disease risk for adults of 65 years of age and over decreased from 29.6 percent in 1999-2000 to 28.1 percent in 2016-2017.

Heart disease risk in the United States

Heart disease can include many disorders of the heart and blood vessels such as cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, and heart failure. Coronary heart disease (CHD), another type, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Coronary heart disease occurs when the small blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to the heart begin to narrow due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries. This reduces or can even stop blood flow to the heart. Heart disease was one of the major causes of U.S. mortality in 2017, with a total of 165 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Certain traits, conditions, or habits can be considered risk factors as they can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Smoking, low physical activity, unhealthy diets, and stress can lead to increased CHD risk. Certain ailments like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure and cholesterol can also increase CHD risk. Although, these risk factors can be avoided with a healthy lifestyle, some risk factors such as family history cannot be prevented. Based on 2016 and 2017 measurements, individuals over the age of 64 had a 28.1 percent risk of heart disease in the United States, while individuals over the age of 18 had a much lower 11.5 percent risk. There are three main medical treatments available for CHD. This includes medical treatment such as beta-blockers, coronary interventions such as angioplasty, and coronary artery bypass grafting.

Heart disease risk in the U.S. between 1999 and 2017, by age*

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

1999 to 2017

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Heart disease is based on self-reported responses to questions about whether respondents had ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had coronary heart disease, angina (angina pectoris), a heart attack (myocardial infarction), or any other kind of heart disease or heart condition.

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