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In this article, we provide an in-depth analysis of heart disease statistics in Alaska focusing on death rates, demographics, hypertension, and cholesterol.
Our goal is to provide updated information to help individuals, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions and raise awareness about heart disease in Alaska.
In 2021, 1,093 people in Alaska died of heart disease.
Alaska's death rate due to heart disease has decreased from 164.2 in 2014 to 146.9 in 2019, and has slightly increased to 156 in 2021.
Heart disease appears to be more prevalent among American Indian or Alaska Native populations in Alaska, with a rate of 237.9 deaths per 100,000 people. White Alaskans also have a relatively high rate of heart disease, with 129.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for various conditions that may affect your heart and/or blood vessels.
Hypertension is a condition in which your blood pressure is consistently elevated and measures about 140/90 mmHg or higher.
High blood pressure forces blood against your artery walls. It increases your risk for cardiovascular disease.
High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia is when your total cholesterol and/or low-density lipoproteins (LDL) levels are too high.
It can cause fat buildup within your arteries, which limits blood flow to the heart and puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease.
As heart disease remains a leading cause of death in Alaska and across the nation, being aware of the statistics and trends can help in making informed decisions about healthcare, lifestyle, and prevention strategies.
By understanding the current state of heart disease, we can work together to reduce its impact on individuals, families, and communities in Alaska.