Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2021 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association

Salim S. Virani, Alvaro Alonso, Hugo J. Aparicio, Emelia J. Benjamin, Marcio S. Bittencourt, Clifton W. Callaway, April P. Carson, Alanna M. Chamberlain, Susan Cheng, Francesca N. Delling, Mitchell S.V. Elkind, Kelly R. Evenson, Jane F. Ferguson, Deepak K. Gupta, Sadiya S. Khan, Brett M. Kissela, Kristen L. Knutson, Chong D. Lee, Tené T. Lewis, Junxiu LiuMatthew Shane Loop, Pamela L. Lutsey, Jun Ma, Jason MacKey, Seth S. Martin, David B. Matchar, Michael E. Mussolino, Sankar D. Navaneethan, Amanda Marma Perak, Gregory A. Roth, Zainab Samad, Gary M. Satou, Emily B. Schroeder, Svati H. Shah, Christina M. Shay, Andrew Stokes, Lisa B. Vanwagner, Nae Yuh Wang, Connie W. Tsao

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Background: The American Heart Association, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, annually reports the most up-to-date statistics related to heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular risk factors, including core health behaviors (smoking, physical activity, diet, and weight) and health factors (cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose control) that contribute to cardiovascular health. The Statistical Update presents the latest data on a range of major clinical heart and circulatory disease conditions (including stroke, congenital heart disease, rhythm disorders, subclinical atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular disease, venous disease, and peripheral artery disease) and the associated outcomes (including quality of care, procedures, and economic costs). Methods: The American Heart Association, through its Statistics Committee, continuously monitors and evaluates sources of data on heart disease and stroke in the United States to provide the most current information available in the annual Statistical Update. The 2021 Statistical Update is the product of a full year's worth of effort by dedicated volunteer clinicians and scientists, committed government professionals, and American Heart Association staff members. This year's edition includes data on the monitoring and benefits of cardiovascular health in the population, an enhanced focus on social determinants of health, adverse pregnancy outcomes, vascular contributions to brain health, the global burden of cardiovascular disease, and further evidence-based approaches to changing behaviors related to cardiovascular disease. Results: Each of the 27 chapters in the Statistical Update focuses on a different topic related to heart disease and stroke statistics. Conclusions: The Statistical Update represents a critical resource for the lay public, policy makers, media professionals, clinicians, health care administrators, researchers, health advocates, and others seeking the best available data on these factors and conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E254-E743
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 23 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • AHA Scientific Statements
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • epidemiology
  • risk factors
  • statistics
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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