Despite an improvement in the rates of death from cardiovascular disease, heart failure is still increasing in the United States, says the American Heart Association. 

In the United States, more than one-third of adults (92.1 million) have cardiovascular disease. In 2014, 807,775 Americans died from cardiovascular disease. However, deaths from cardiovascular diseases fell more than 25 percent from 2004 to 2014. And, physical activity increased more than 7 percent from 1998 to 2015.

The AHA report also noted that cardiovascular disease disparities persist in the United States. “We know that advances in cardiovascular health are not distributed evenly across the population,” Emelia Benjamin, MD, chair of the AHA Statistics Committee and professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, said in an AHA news release. “In particular, individuals who live in rural communities, have less education, have lower incomes, and are ethnic or racial minorities have an undue burden of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.”

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