The Burden of Heart Disease Report, published in 2009, and the Burden of Stroke Report, published in 2007 with a 2nd edition scheduled for 2012, are comprehensive surveillance reports that describe the impact of heart disease and stroke on Ohioans. The reports document the magnitude of heart disease and stroke as a public health problem, help identify the existing capabilities and limitations for CVD treatment and prevention, and identify issues and needs in Ohio's system of care that have an impact on quality of life and premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke between different populations in Ohio.
Ohio is one of six states funded by the CDC to establish the statewide Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry to measure, track and improve acute stroke care in hospitals. The long-term goal of Ohio Coverdell, established in 2007, is to ensure that Ohioans receive the highest quality acute stroke care currently available and to reduce the number of untimely deaths attributable to stroke, prevent stroke-related disability and prevent stroke patients from suffering recurrent strokes.
In 2008, Ohio received additional funding from CDC to establish a stroke telemedicine network in underserved regions of the state. The goal of this project is to link a Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center to smaller rural hospitals and provide rapid access via an Internet connection to real-time acute stroke treatment for residents of rural counties.
Ohio Department of Health
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
246 North High Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215