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Indiana State Department of Health

Chronic Disease > Cardiovascular Health > Cardiovascular Health Home Cardiovascular Health Home

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Indiana and the U.S.
  • Cardiovascular disease causes17.3 million deaths each year worldwide.

Are you at risk? (Risk Factors)

  • High Blood Pressure (In 2012, 33% of all Indiana adults reported having high blood pressure.)
  • High Cholesterol (In 2012, nearly 40% of all Hoosier adults reported having high cholesterol.)
  • Diabetes (In 2012, nearly 500,000 Indiana adults reported having diabetes.)
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Take a step to prevent cardiovascular disease (Prevention)

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Don't smoke or use tobacco products
  • Have your cholesterol checked
  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Manage your diabetes

Signs of a Heart Attack

5 major symptoms

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

* CALL 9-1-1 if you or someone you are with shows any signs of a heart attack.

Facts About Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Stroke

  • CVD is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and Indiana.
  • Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 4th leading cause of death in Indiana.
  • Every 39 seconds an adult dies of heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular disease.
  • Nearly 68 million adults have high blood pressure; but about 1 in 2 doesn't have it under control.
  • 71 million U.S. adults have high cholesterol; but 2 in 3 don't have it under control.
  • The 2003 Milken Institute report estimated the total cost (direct and indirect) of treating heart disease in Indiana was over $4 billion and for stroke was $84 million.

NEW Healthy People 2020 Update: Heart Disease and Stroke in Indiana 2013

NEW View the 2014 Fact Sheet Heart Disease and Stroke in Indiana

The Impact of Reducing Sodium Consumption in Indiana Issue Brief 2013


To provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.