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Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

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In Ohio, heart disease and stroke are the first- and fifth-leading causes of death, respectively, for both men and women. In fact, cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for 37 percent of all deaths in Ohio, while stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in adults. The Ohio Department of Health supports CVD risk reduction activities through a variety of initiatives designed to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke.


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 9 states funded by the CDC to maintain 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.

Mailing Address:

Ohio Department of Health
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 614-466-2144
Fax: 614-564-2409

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Last Reviewed 12/13/2016