The goal of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in New Hampshire (NH) through mobilizing partnerships, building capacity, enhancing surveillance, and developing and implementing strategies that address risk factors for heart disease and stroke in NH.
Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in NH and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in NH . In 2008, nearly a quarter of all deaths in NH (23.5%) were due to heart disease, and nearly 1700 people were hospitalized for stroke (From CDC-Wonder website and NH Hospital Discharge Data).
On September 3, 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Vital Signs released new information on Preventable Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke.
Heart Disease & Stroke Risk Factors
Data on risk factors are collected through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) . New Hampshire and the United States have similar rates for all risk factors (Figure 1).
Fig 1: Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke, NH and US
- CDC. WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, 1999 - 2007. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control 2010 [cited 2012 April 25th]; Available from: http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10.html.
- CDC-HDSP. Heart Disease Risk Factors. Heart Disease 2009 [cited 2012 April 25th]; Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/risk_factors.htm.
- CDC-HDSP. Stroke Risk Factors. Stroke 2010 [cited 2012 April 25th]; Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/risk_factors.htm.
- CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data 2011, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Atlanta, Georgia.