Get the facts and figures on the health of your circulation system.

The No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women is atherosclerosis-related (vascular) diseases, which harden and narrow arteries.

10 million
The number of people in the U.S. affected by peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a chronic disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries of the legs

60,000 miles
The length of an adult circulatory system (if the vessels were laid end to end)

Percentage of people in the United States affected by varicose veins

Approximate number of strokes every year. Blockage in the carotid (neck) artery is responsible for up to a third of them.

You’re 12 times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm if a first-degree relative has had one.

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