Heart Disease Facts

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is an equal opportunity killer which claims approximately 1 million lives annually.

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Other Resources

Following is a list of resources to help those seeking additional information on heart disease such as tools to living a heart-healthy lifestyle or financial assistance for treatment of heart-related issues.

PLEASE NOTE:  This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Furthermore, inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by The Heart Foundation nor a guarantee of assistance from any of the contacts listed below.

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

From cardiac rehabilitative and preventive care and heart transplantation to the training of the heart specialists of tomorrow and leading-edge research that is deepening medical knowledge and practice, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is known around the world for excellence.

Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center

Cedars-Sinai’s Women’s Heart Center provides risk assessment, diagnosis and heart disease care. The center is designed to help women reduce their chances of heart disease through a preventive approach, including state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic testing.

Medline Plus: National Institutes of Health

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website.  It is produced by the National Library of Medicine and offers free, up-to-date, easily understandable information on diseases, conditions, wellness issues, the latest treatments, and drugs and supplements.  You can look up terms, view medical videos or illustrations, obtain  to the latest medical research on a topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

American Heart Association Resource List

A list from the American Heart Association of national organizations and charities.  The American Heart Association does not endorse or guarantee assistance from these groups; rather, this referral list is made available to help those who seek to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

World Heart Federation

The World Heart Federation is a nongovernmental organization committed to uniting its members and leading the global fight against heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low-and middle-income countries.  They pursue this mission via a united community of almost 200 member organizations that bring together the strength of medical societies and heart foundations from more than 100 countries.

CardioStart International

Using a global network of volunteer effort and the collective skills of experts in healthcare, CardioStart International provides free heart surgery and associated medical care to children and adults living in underserved regions of the world, irrespective of political position or religious creed.

International Children’s Heart Foundation

The mission of the International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) is to bring the skills, technology and knowledge to cure and care for children with congenital heart disease to developing countries. ICHF does this regardless of country of origin, race, religion or gender.

The David Foster Foundation

The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants.

California Health & Longevity Institute

Programs at California Health & Longevity Institute revolutionize healthy living by promoting individual well-being, by inspiring wellness-focused employees and by encouraging a corporate culture of health.


QuitDay.org began as a collaboration between students from University of Washington and Portland State University. As part of an ongoing effort by US universities to combat student and faculty smoking, students organized to provide smoking cessation resources available to anyone around the world.  QuitDay.org’s goal is to not only to end smoking in universities but to also provide education and support to smoking individuals and families who wish to quit.


CaringBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery. A CaringBridge website is personal, private and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love and support in the guestbook.

Wellness Connection – California Health & Longevity Institute

The blog for California Health & Longevity Institute. Includes up-to-date articles and information on a variety of health and well-being topics, such as medicine, nutrition, fitness, life balance and spa. The contributors are all accomplished experts in their fields and include physicians of Western and Eastern medicine, registered dietitians, exercise specialists, lifestyle consultants and spa professionals, all of whom share the belief that having current information is an integral part of any health and wellness program.

CardioSmart – American College of Cardiology

CardioSmart is a patient education site of the American College of Cardiology.  Their mission is to engage, inform, and empower patients to better prepare them for participation in their own care.

United Network for Organ Sharing

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. Their mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.