To provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for
all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart
disease and stroke.
Heart disease and stroke are, respectively, the first and third leading
causes of death in the United States. They are the principal causes of
cardiovascular disease death and are also major causes of disability.
- Heart Disease Web Site
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Find
out more about heart disease and prevention.
- Stroke Web Site
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of
disability. Find out more about stroke.
- High Blood Pressure Web
It is estimated that 1 of 3 American adults has high blood pressure or
- Cholesterol Web Site
High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, the
leading cause of death in the United States.
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs
- A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke
The purpose of the Action Plan, released in April, 2003, is to chart a course for the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and collaborating public health agencies,
with all interested partners and the public at large, to help
promote and achieve national goals for preventing heart disease and
stroke over the next two decades—through 2020 and beyond. The
National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is working to
implement the Action Plan through the efforts of seven implementation
- State Heart Disease and Stroke
In 1998, the U.S. Congress provided funding for CDC to initiate a
national, state-based heart disease and stroke prevention program with
funding for eight states. Currently, 41 states and the District of
Columbia are funded, 28 as capacity building programs and 14 as basic
- Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry
CDC's state-based program to measure, track, and improve the delivery and
quality of stroke care is currently operating in four states.
WISEWOMAN's mission is to provide low–income, under– or uninsured 40– to
64–year–old women with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to
improve diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle behaviors to
prevent, delay and control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
Publications and Statistical Information
Heart Disease and Stroke Interactive Maps
This section offers interactive maps that present heart disease and
stroke mortality rates, county–by–county, for the state, racial/ethnic
group, and gender of your choice.
Heart Disease and Stroke Legislative
Search for state–level bills related to heart disease and stroke
Heart Disease and
Stroke Legislative Mapping Program
Users of the legislative database can also map the policies based on
selected criteria. This function allows the user to see a visual
representation of the policies nationwide with the ability to copy or
print maps for other uses.
- Division for Heart Disease and Stroke
Prevention (DHDSP) Resource Library
Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Reports (MMWRs), fact sheets and
At-A-Glance Reports, other publications, statistical information,
international resources, CDC supported conferences, and more.
*Links to non–Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.
Page last reviewed: October 29, 2008
Page last modified: October 29, 2008
Content source: Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and