Heart Disease and Heart Attack Myths

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. and one person dies every 37 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease.1

There are some myths about heart attacks (shown in the video above) that may keep you from speaking to your provider about heart disease because you don’t think you should worry about it. The truth is, heart disease affects people of any age. In fact, it is occurring more often in young adults.

February is heart health month and while you may often hear that it’s a risk, how risky is it for you? Are you too young to have this disease? You may have diabetes, but you’re taking medication for that, so you don’t have to worry about this disease affecting you, right?

Here are some stats about heart disease in the U.S. according to CDC.Gov:

  • The leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.
  • 1 person dies every 37 seconds
  • Approximately 647,000 Americans die from this disease each year (or 1 in 4 deaths)
  • $219 billion is the cost associated with heart disease because of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death
  • Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 40 seconds
  • 805,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack each year
  • About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent, meaning the damage has been done, but the person suffering is not aware

For more information about heart disease, schedule a visit with your primary care provider today by calling 336-694-9331 in Caswell County, or 336-864-2795 in Eden, NC.

Visit the American Heart Association to learn more about the risks and how you can live a heart-healthy life.


  1. Heron, M. Deaths: Leading causes for 2017 National Vital Statistics Reports;68(6).

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