Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: 2006 Update

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: 2006 Update

According to a new report from the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more Americans each year than the next four leading causes of death — cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, and diabetes — combined. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2006 Update reports that since 1900, cardiovascular disease has been the number-one killer in the United States in every year but one (1918), and that nearly 2,500 Americans die from the disease each day.