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Heart Disease and Stroke (Cardiovascular Disease)

Below are links to information related to heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease). Scroll down to view general information and programs, research, statistics and guidelines on this topic.

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A Closer Look at African American Men and High Blood Pressure Control
African American men are disproportionately impacted by cardiovascular disease (CVD), with one of the risk factors being uncontrolled high blood pressure. Public health programs that desire to develop, implement, expand, or evaluate interventions targeting African American men can use these documents to gain additional insight and direction.

Arthritis as a Potential Barrier to Physical Activity among Adults With Heart Disease- United States, 2005 and 2007
The results indicated that, for these 2 years combined, arthritis affected 57.4% of adults with heart disease (HD), compared with 27.4% of adults in the general population. Among adults with HD, the likelihood of physical inactivity was 30% greater compared with that of persons with HD but without arthritis, when adjusted for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education level, and body mass index. By sex, males had a higher prevalence of HD only and a slightly higher prevalence of both conditions.

Easy Read Listen to Your Heart Podcast
Each year, approximately half a million Americans die from a heart attack, and this broadcast discusses common symptoms of an impending heart attack.

Men and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality
This publication is a series of national and state maps that present local variation in heart disease death rates for all men, American Indian and Alaska Native men, Asian and Pacific Islander men, African American men, Hispanic men, and white men.

Men and Heart Disease Fact Sheet
Learn more about men and heart disease and what CDC is doing to reduce the burden of heart disease among men.

Million Hearts Goal to Prevent a Million Heart Attacks and Strokes in Five Years
Among the actions available today to reduce stroke and heart attacks, Million Hearts seeks to improve clinical care by helping patients learn and follow their ABCS: aspirin for people at risk, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation.

Mortality from Major Cardiovascular Diseases: United States, 2007
For all categories of major cardiovascular disease deaths shown, males had a higher age-adjusted death rate than females. The death rate for males dying from major cardiovascular diseases is 42 percent higher than the rate for females.

Prevalence of High Blood Cholesterol Higher among Men
The prevalence of high blood cholesterol was significantly higher among persons aged ≥65 years (54.4%) than 18–44 years (23.7%) and 45–64 years (46.1%); men (37.5%) compared with women (32.6%); Hispanics (36.3%) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (37.5%) compared with blacks (33.1%); and those with less than a high school diploma (39.9%) compared with those with some college (35.2%) and a college degree or higher (33.2%).

Controlling Your Blood Pressure
Nearly 1 in 3 adults is living with this “silent killer.” Cut back on sodium to lower your risk.

Vital Signs: Prevalence, Treatment, and Control of Hypertension - United States, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008
During 2005-2008, approximately 68 million (31%) U.S. adults aged ≥18 years had hypertension, and this prevalence has shown no improvement in the past decade. Less than half of those with hypertension have their condition controlled. Prevalence of treatment and control are even lower among persons who do not have a usual source of medical care, those who are not receiving regular medical care, and those who do not have health insurance.

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