Currently, more than 1 in 3 adults live with some type of cardiovascular disease. Together, heart disease and stroke, along with other cardiovascular disease, are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation today. They result in serious illness and disability, decreased quality of life, and hundreds of billions of dollars in economic loss every year. They are also among the most preventable health problems.1
*Figures shown are a mix of counts, percentages, rates, and ratios. Click the Objective statement for more information about the corresponding measure.
There are several lifestyle choices that can help protect from heart disease and stroke including eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly. Controlling risk factors for heart disease and stroke remains a challenge.
The New Jersey Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program works in partnership with public and private sector groups and organizations from health care, work site, and community settings to affect change. The program strives to address all points of opportunity, from prevention of heart disease and stroke in healthy persons to controlling risk factors, treatment of illness and prevention of recurrence in those who have had an event, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, long-term, and end-of-life care.
For more information, please refer to these resources:
- NJDOH Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
- NJDOH Cardiac and Acute Stroke Services
- CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
- American Heart Association
- Healthy People 2020
- Heart Disease and Stroke. Healthy People 2020. 10/08/20.