Heart Disease and Stroke
Below are links to information related to heart disease and stroke. Click on the right menu or scroll down to view general information and programs, research, statistics and guidelines on this topic.
National Wear Red Day (NIH)
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Risk Factors for CVD among Women of Reproductive Age (18-44 years) (10/30/2012)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women. Major risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol often manifest during the reproductive years (ages 18-44).
World Heart Day 2012: Women and Children at Risk (9/30/2012)
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. This year, World Heart Day shines a spotlight on those who often go unnoticed when it comes to heart disease: women and children.
Hear Andrea’s Story (video) (3/30/2012)
Andrea once heard her life counted in minutes. She had a heart attack at 35. After surviving, but losing her unborn baby, she is helping to educate other women like her about the signs of heart disease.
CDC Grand Rounds: Dietary Sodium Reduction - Time for Choice (3/8/2012)
Reducing sodium intake to 2,300 mg/day potentially could prevent 11 million cases of hypertension and save billions of dollars in health-care expenditures; reducing sodium intake further would yield additional benefits.
Where’s the Sodium? There's Too Much in Many Common Foods (3/8/2012)
About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
Be One in a Million this American Heart Month (1/31/2012)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease - United States, 2006-2010 (11/3/2011)
Although self-reported CHD prevalence declined overall, substantial differences in prevalence existed by age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, and state of residence.
Million Hearts Goal to Prevent a Million Heart Attacks and Strokes in Five Years (11/3/2011)
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:Â aspirin for people at risk, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation.
Genomics and Heart Disease (2/28/2011)
Having close biological relatives with heart disease can increase your risk of developing this disease. Family health history offers important information to help you and your family members understand health risks and prevent disease.
Cholesterol Numbers (8/31/10)
Children, young adults and older Americans can have high cholesterol. Learn how to prevent high cholesterol and know what your cholesterol levels mean.
High Serum Total Cholesterol, and Diabetes: Racial and Ethnic Prevalence
Differences in U.S. Adults, 1999-2006 (4/30/10)
Forty-five percent of adults had at least one of three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions--hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, or diabetes; one in eight adults (13%) had two of these conditions; and 3% of adults had all three chronic conditions.
from Major Cardiovascular Diseases: United States, 2007 (4/1/10)
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 (the larger category containing all other subcategories) is 42 percent higher than the rate for females (297.7 compared with 209.9 deaths per 100,000 standard population).
WISEWOMAN Highlighted in Success Story Report
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released the second in a series of health care success story reports that document innovative programs and initiatives that can serve as models for a reformed American health care system. The report highlights the Nebraska WISEWOMAN program. WISEWOMAN is a community intervention program funded by CDC that helps prevent heart disease and stroke by providing screenings and counseling for low-income women.
and Stroke in Women Podcast (5/15/09)
This women's health podcast focuses on the impact of heart disease and stroke in women and includes steps to prevent these conditions.
as a Potential Barrier to Physical Activity among Adults With Heart
Disease- United States, 2005 and 2007 (2/27/09)
The results indicated that, for the 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.
QuickStats: Prevalence of Low Levels of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol* Among Adults Aged ≥20 Years, by Age Group and Sex - National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2009-2010
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