Nearly one in three adults – over eight million Californians – are living with at least one of the most common forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) which are heart disease, heart failure, stroke, or hypertension (high blood pressure).
In California, the burden of CVD mirrors that of the nation. CVD accounts for one in three of all deaths in the state with over 78,000 deaths in 2014. The majority of CVD deaths were from heart disease (24 percent of all deaths) and stroke (six percent of all deaths), making them the second and third leading causes of death, respectively.
The California Department of Public Health has a number of ongoing initiatives and activities to improve cardiovascular health in the state by supporting evidence-base programs that promote health behaviors and healthy communities, and improved the prevention, diagnosis, and management of chronic disease.
The Chronic Disease Control Branch conducts CVD prevention activities with funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention First (1305), Lifetime of Wellness: Communities in Action (1422), California Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, and the California Stroke Registry/Paul Coverdell Program.