02/29/2012 08:28 am ET Updated Feb 29, 2012

Heart Disease Around The World: By The Numbers

Today marks the close of Heart Health Awareness Month, but that doesn't mean we should forget heart disease's toll for the rest of the year.

And that toll's not small. Each year, 17.3 million people die from cardiovascular disease -- many from heart attacks and strokes -- around the world, according to the World Health Organization.

Click through the slideshow for a glimpse at how heart disease is impacting the world, via facts and figures. And if heart disease has touched you or your family's life personally, be sure to share your experience in the comments below:

global heart facts

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the amount of exercise recommended per week for a healthy heart. It has been corrected to state that 30 minutes per day is recommended for a lower stroke and heart attack risk.