Iowa Comprehensive Heart Disease and Stroke Plan, 2010-2014, March 22, 2010

(2010) Iowa Comprehensive Heart Disease and Stroke Plan, 2010-2014, March 22, 2010. Public Health, Department of (Health and Human Services, Department of)


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Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women nationally as well as in the state of Iowa, while stroke is the third leading cause of death. These two diseases are often grouped together under the broader term ―cardiovascular disease‖ (CVD), which accounts for one-third of all deaths within the state. Ongoing efforts to increase prevention of, and improve care for, those who experience CVD have resulted in a decline in the number of deaths in Iowa caused by these conditions. In 1991, the death rate as a result of cardiovascular disease was 344.9 per 100,000 people; by 2006, that number had fallen to 239.9. Deaths as a result of stroke have also dropped, from 74.7 in 1991 to 57.4 in 2006.1 Although progress has been made; these illnesses are still major causes of death and serious disability for many Iowans. Despite the fact that some progress has been made through past efforts, current data show that the journey must continue to achieve the long, quality filled lives that Iowans deserve, free of chronic disease. Up to this point, there has been a lack of involvement by stakeholders against heart disease and stroke in Iowa. Causes of CVD are largely known and preventable, and more must be done to educate and spread this information throughout the state. This comprehensive statewide plan is a call to action to improve prevention, treatment, and management of heart disease and stroke in Iowa. Through the commitment and collaborative efforts of many, the Iowa Comprehensive Heart Disease and Stroke Plan 2010-2014 provides a guide to improve the health status of all Iowans. The people of Iowa have a long history of working together to do the right thing. We must rise to the challenge of lowering the incidence of heart disease and stroke through early and ongoing education that stresses prevention and healthy lifestyle choices, medical services that provide evidence-based, effective treatment and long term care management without disparity, and environmental policies that support the prevention of heart disease and stroke in our schools, work sites, and communities. This strategic plan is a guide to improving cardiovascular health in Iowa through 2014.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Heart Disease, Stroke, Cardiovascular, public health, CVD
Subjects: Health and medicine
Health and medicine > Diseases
Health and medicine > Public health
ID Code: 22114
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 13 May 2016 18:51
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 18:51