Percent of Adults with Heart Disease


Age-adjusted percent of people age 18 and over with self-reported heart disease.


Methodological Notes: 

Self-reported heart disease is based on responses to questions about whether respondents had ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had coronary heart disease (angina pectoris), a heart attack (myocardial infarction), or any other kind of heart disease or heart condition.

Estimates are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 18-44 years, 45-54 years, 55-64 years, 65-74 years, and 75 years and over. The youngest age group for the sub-populations Less than High School Degree [Age 25+], High School Degree [Age 25+], and Some College or More [Age 25+] is 25-44 years instead of 18-44 years.

Data for some sub-populations in some years are omitted because the estimates have a relative standard error of 20 to 30 percent and are considered unreliable.

In 2002, there were substantial changes in the racial categories used by the Census Bureau. Time series by race that include data from both racial classifications should be interpreted with care. More details on the changes in racial categories.