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Scary Heart Disease Stats – Go Red For Women on 2/6

February 4, 2015

Heart Disease There are hearts, flowers and chocolates everywhere you look as we lead up to St. Valentine’s Day. And that’s probably why February has been celebrated as American Heart Month since 1963. The time of year when Americans focus on affairs of the heart is the perfect window to also remind you, your friends, family and patients of the dangers of heart disease.

As a Carrington College student or alumni, you may remember some of these stats but a refresher never hurts. Read on to also learn some scary statistics about heart disease in women.

Heart Disease Facts

  • About 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.1
  • Coronary heart disease is the most prevalent form of heart disease, killing 385,000+ people every year.1
  • Someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds in the U.S., while someone dies from a heart disease-related event every minute.2
  • Heart disease is the primary cause of death for most ethnic groups in the U.S, including African Americans, Hispanics, and Whites. For Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, or Alaska Natives, heart disease is second only to cancer.3
  • Coronary heart disease alone costs the country $108.9 billion each year4 when you account for the cost of health care services, medication, and lost productivity.

Go Red For Women

February is also the date of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, with the message that heart disease is not just a serious issue for men. This year, why not raise awareness in your school or workplace by celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 6th.

As with all causes like this, the greater the awareness the more lives we could help save. Why not organize an event 1 and share your photos on the Carrington College Facebook page?

Heart Disease in Women

  • Heart disease is the leading causeof death for men and women, and is more deadly for women than all forms of cancer combined.1
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year. 2
  • It is estimated that 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. 2
  • Did you know that 90% of women in the U.S have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease? 2
  • In the last 30 years, more women have died each year from heart disease than men. 2
  • Heart disease symptoms can be different for women then for men, and are often misunderstood. 2
  • While 1 in 31 American women die from breast cancer every year, 1 in 3 will die of heart disease. 2
  • Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is the biggest threat to her health. 2
  • Just 24% of participants in all heart-related studies are women. 2

The Go Red For Women website has a lot of great information, tips and you can even join the campaign. In the two minutes it took you to read this post, about four Americans have had a heart attack. Why not do your part to help raise awareness and reduce these frightening numbers?


  1. Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Miniño AM, Kung HC.Deaths: final data for 2009[PDF-2M]National vital statistics reports. 2011;60(3).
  2. Roger VL, Go AS, Lloyd-Jones DM, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al.Heart disease and stroke statistics—2012 update: a report from the American Heart AssociationCirculation. 2012;125(1):e2–220.
  3. Heron M.Deaths: Leading causes for 2008[PDF-2.7M]National vital statistics reports. 2012;60(6).
  4. Heidenriech PA, Trogdon JG, Khavjou OA, Butler J, Dracup K, Ezekowitz MD, et al. Forecasting the future of cardiovascular disease in the United States: a policy statement from the American Heart Association.Circulation. 2011;123(8):933–44.