Coronary Artery Disease, the most common form of heart disease in this country and the primary cause of heart attacks, is the single largest killer of American men and women. Coronary Artery Disease occurs when the arteries carrying blood to the heart are blocked. Every 30 seconds, an American suffers a heart attack because of such a blockage, and 40 percent die within a year. More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease and many more, an estimated 25% of the middle-aged population, are unaware of their illness until they have a heart attack. In the U.S., coronary artery disease accounts for one-third of all deaths each year.
You would be considered to have heart disease if you have had:
You would be considered high risk for heart disease if you fit into three or more of the following categories: