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How common is heart disease?

Globally, the statistics for people with heart disease and heart failure are sobering. The prevalence of heart failure in industrialized countries is 1 to 2 percent of the general population.

Treating heart failure consumes 1 to 2 percent of the total health care resources, and the proportion is expected to grow in the future.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. More than 616,000 people die of heart diseases in the United States each year. That is about 25 percent of all US deaths. In addition, heart disease is a leading cause of disability in the United States.

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