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Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to several types of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. The most common type of heart disease in the U.S. is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attacks (CDC) External Web Site Icon.

  • CVD is the leading cause of death in the world, responsible for 30% of all deaths globally (WHO) External Web Site Icon, and 1 in 3 (over 800,000) deaths in the U.S. (CDC/MMWR pdf icon [PDF - 248 kB]) External Web Site Icon.
  • CVD is the leading cause of death for both men (CDC) External Web Site Icon and women in the U.S. (CDC) External Web Site Icon
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol are two major risk factors for heart disease. About half of U.S. adults with high blood pressure and nearly 2 out of 3 U.S. adults with high cholesterol don't have their condition yet under control (CDC/Vital Signs) External Web Site Icon.
  • In the U.S., annual direct and overall costs resulting from CVD are estimated at $273 billion and $444 billion, respectively (CDC/MMWR pdf icon [PDF - 248 kB]) External Web Site Icon.

Many CVD risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, poor diet, smoking, and diabetes can be prevented or treated through health behavior change and appropriate medication. Some unpreventable risks for CVD are related to heredity, medical history, age, gender, and race. There are also a number of underlying social, economic, and cultural determinants of CVD such as stress, education level, income, and insurance status.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Planning a Strategy: Changing the Way a County Health Department Addresses Health Conditions

One Pagers

Interventions Engaging Community Health Workers [PDF - 433 kB]

Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Interventions for Improved Blood Pressure Control [PDF - 326 kB]

Slides and Presentations

Public Health Grand Rounds — Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes by 2017: the Million Hearts Initiative External Web Site Icon
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Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide in collaboration with CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Clinical Decision-Support Systems Improve Provider Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Manuscripts Available: Team-Based Care to Improve Blood Pressure Control

New Publication: Reducing Medication Costs Improves Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

Task Force Recommends Interventions That Engage Community Health Workers to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

What's New in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control?

Media Outreach

CDC Media Release: Task Force Recommends Team-Based Care for Improving Blood Pressure Control External Web Site Icon

What Works - Fact Sheets

What Works Fact Sheet: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control [PDF - Size 1.46 MB]

Community Guide Flyer

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