Heart Disease and
Stroke Prevention Program
- In 2014, there were 31,353 deaths due to diseases of the heart.
- In 2014, there were 3,765 deaths due to diabetes, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Pennsylvania.
- Strokes caused 6,576 deaths in 2014 and 47,381 hospitalizations when stroke was the primary diagnosis.
Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSP) is committed to implementing best practice initiatives to achieve the following:
- Reducing the
development of heart disease and stroke, which are both primarily preventable
diseases and conditions.
- Delaying the
progression of heart disease and stroke.
- Reducing the occurrence
of first and subsequent cardiovascular events in persons with known risk
will achieve these goals through the education of healthcare providers
on evidence-based prevention and treatment guidelines for cardiovascular disease,
and implementation of policy, environmental and systems change approaches in
physician offices, hospitals, worksites and other community settings for the
greatest possible impact.
information on Heart Disease and Stroke, please visit the other Department of
Health pages, as well as the resources below.