Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention At A Glance
What We Do
The leading preventable risk factors for heart disease and stroke are high blood pressure, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, smoking, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. With an FY 2019 budget of $165 million, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention works to reduce these risk factors, especially for groups affected by health disparities, which are differences in health across different geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. To meet this goal, CDC works to:
Measure how many Americans live with, are treated for, or die from heart disease and stroke.
Study interventions to find out what works best to prevent heart disease and stroke and to develop tools for partners
Fund and guide states, cities, tribes, and territories to use interventions to prevent and manage heart disease
Share information to help all Americans understand the risk factors for heart disease and stroke and how to prevent and reduce them.
Why We Do It
Nothing kills more Americans than heart disease and stroke. More than 859,000 Americans die of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases every year—that’s one-third of all US deaths. These diseases also take an economic toll, costing $199 billion a year to our health care system and causing $131 billion in lost productivity from premature death alone. Seventy-eight million people have high blood pressure, a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
1 in 3
or more than 859,000 people each year
in health care system costs
in lost productivity from premature death
people with high blood pressure
See the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion infographic to find out more about the center’s work to prevent heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
- Page last reviewed: January 14, 2019
- Page last updated: January 14, 2019
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