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Heart Disease Statistics in Arkansas
Updated on January 31, 2024
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Heart Disease Statistics in Arkansas
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In this article, we provide an in-depth analysis of heart disease statistics in Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

Death Rate Due to Heart Disease in Arkansas

In 2021, 6,516 people in Arkansas died of heart disease.

Death Rate per 100,000 Population

  • 222.5 in 100,000 people in Arkansas died of heart disease in 2020

Death Rate from 2015-2021

Arkansas's death rate due to heart disease has decreased from 183.1 in 2014 to 165.7 in 2019, and slightly increased to 168.2 in 2021.

Demographics of Heart Disease Deaths in Arkansas

  • In Arkansas, men are more likely to die of heart disease than women.
  • 277.6 in every 100,000 people in Arkansas who died from heart disease in 2020 were men.
  • In the same year, 176.3 in 100,000 people in Arkansas who died due to heart disease were women.
  • Male deaths due to heart disease in Arkansas are higher than female deaths.

Heart Disease Deaths by Ethnicity

The data shows that heart disease is more prevalent among black and white ethnicities in Arkansas compared to hispanic and asian/pacific island ethnicities. However, there is no data available for american indian or alaska natives.

Cardiovascular Disease Rates in Arkansas

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for various conditions that may affect your heart and/or blood vessels.

  • 11.30% of adults in Arkansas were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease in 2021.

Adults Diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease by Sex

  • 14.20% of Arkansas men said their doctor told them they had cardiovascular disease in 2021.
  • 8.90% of Arkansas women report being told by their doctor they had cardiovascular disease in the same year.

Hypertension Rates in Arkansas

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.

Adults Diagnosed with Hypertension

  • 48.40% of all adults in Arkansas were diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension in 2021.

High Cholesterol Rates in Arkansas

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.

Adults Diagnosed with High Cholesterol

  • 43.40% of all adults in Arkansas were diagnosed with elevated cholesterol levels or hypercholesterolemia.

Cholesterol Check in the Past 5 Years

  • 90.00% of Arkansas adults have taken a cholesterol test in the last five years.


As heart disease remains a leading cause of death in Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

Updated on January 31, 2024
Ada Sandoval
Ada Sandoval
Content Contributor
Ada Sandoval is a B.S. in Nursing graduate and a registered nurse with a heart for abandoned animals. She works as a content writer who specializes in medical-related articles and pet health.
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