In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. Learn more about heart disease.
Cardiac arrest is sudden loss of the heart’s function. This means the heart stops beating and pumping the blood needed to maintain organ function and life. Learn more about public health strategies to prevent and control cardiac arrest in this infographic.
This features some of the key scientific papers that highlight the importance of population wide sodium reduction including scientific studies and analyses of dietary sodium as it relates to blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke), other health outcomes, and health care costs, as well as a few key papers on blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
How much do you know about heart disease? Take this 6-question quiz to test your understanding of heart health, risk factors for heart disease, and heart-healthy living. Learn what you can do to help your heart keep beating for years to come!
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the U.S. The risk is higher for African-American men and adults living in the southeast. February is American Heart Month, and Dr. Derrick Gervin, with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, discusses some of the factors contributing to health disparities and ways everyone can live heart healthy.
New research by CDC scientists is being highlighted in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The study, Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults, examines the relationship between consuming too much added sugar and the risk of heart disease death.
- Page last reviewed: July 10, 2017
- Page last updated: July 10, 2017
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