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California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program  

The mission of the California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (CHDSP) Program is to reduce premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke among Californians.

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three causes of death, and a leading cause of disability, among Californians. Compared to the nation, California has slightly above average rates for coronary heart disease and stroke mortality. We can do better.

The CHDSP Program fills a unique niche at the California Department of Public Health; targeting Californians at risk for heart disease and stroke, including persons with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and multiple risk factors as well as persons with prior heart attack or stroke. Interventions with these populations directly address Healthy People 2010 objectives for heart disease and stroke.

Risk for heart disease and stroke can be lowered by modifying blood pressure, cholesterol, tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity. The good news is that by controlling these risk factors, heart disease and stroke can be prevented.

If a person is experiencing heart attack or stroke symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention.  Early treatment is essential to a good outcome.

Please note, if you are seeking information for a medical emergency, CALL 9-1-1 immediately.

The information on this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical evaluation and treatment.


The CHDSP Program's webpages are supported by the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contents of these webpages are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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