Deaths by heart diseases in the U.S. 1950-2017

This statistic shows the death rate from diseases of the heart in the United States from 1950 to 2017. In 2000, there were 257.6 deaths per 100,000 population. By 2017, this figured had decreased to 165 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Heart diseases in the U.S.

The number of deaths caused by heart disease has decreased in the United States from 321.8 per 100,000 population in 1990 to 165 deaths per 100,000 population in 2017. Nevertheless, heart disease is still one of the leading causes of death in the country, followed closely by cancer, which has a mortality rate of 152.5 per 100,000 people.

Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are often associated with atherosclerosis which occurs when plaque builds up along arterial walls. This can limit the flow of blood and can lead to blood clots, a common cause of stroke or heart attacks. Other types of heart disease include arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms) and heart valve problems. Many of these diseases can be treated with medication, although many complications will still remain. One of the leading cholesterol lowering drugs in the United States, Crestor, generated around 1.4 billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2018.

There are many risk factors associated with the development of heart disease including family history, ethnicity, and age. However, there are other factors that can be modified through lifestyle changes such as physical inactivity, smoking, and unhealthy diets. Obesity has also been commonly associated with risk factors like hypertension and diabetes type II. In the U.S., some 65 percent of white adults were overweight or obese.

Deaths by heart diseases in the U.S. from 1950 to 2017

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

1950 to 2017

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Supplementary notes

Data for years not listed in the pdf-version of "Health, United States, 2018" were taken from previous reports.
Age-adjusted rates are calculated using the year 2000 standard population. Prior to 2001, age-adjusted rates were calculated using standard million proportions based on rounded population numbers. Starting with 2001 data, unrounded population numbers are used to calculate age-adjusted rates.

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