Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.
American Heart Month is a time to battle cardiovascular disease and educate ourselves on what we can do to live heart-healthy lives. Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. These diseases, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim more than 865,000 American lives a year. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.