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

Death Rate Due to Heart Disease in Georgia

In 2021, 18,136 people in Georgia died of heart disease.

Death Rate per 100,000 Population

  • 183.7 in 100,000 people in Georgia died of heart disease in 2020

Death Rate from 2015-2021

The death rate due to heart disease in Georgia has decreased from 165.5 in 2014 to 151.4 in 2019 and has remained relatively stable at 151.5 in 2021.

Demographics of Heart Disease Deaths in Georgia

  • In Georgia, men are more likely to die of heart disease than women.
  • 234 in every 100,000 people in Georgia who died from heart disease in 2020 were men.
  • In the same year, 143.8 in 100,000 people in Georgia who died due to heart disease were women.
  • The number of male deaths due to heart disease per 100,000 people in Georgia is higher than the number of female deaths.

Heart Disease Deaths by Ethnicity

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Georgia, with higher rates among black and white populations compared to Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian or Alaska Native populations. These disparities highlight the need for targeted interventions to address cardiovascular health in different ethnic groups.

Cardiovascular Disease Rates in Georgia

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

  • 7.70% of adults in Georgia were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease in 2021.

Adults Diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease by Sex

  • 9.90% of Georgia men said their doctor told them they had cardiovascular disease in 2021.
  • 5.80% of Georgia women report being told by their doctor they had cardiovascular disease in the same year.

Hypertension Rates in Georgia

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

  • 42.20% of all adults in Georgia were diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension in 2021.

High Cholesterol Rates in Georgia

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

  • 41.40% of all adults in Georgia were diagnosed with elevated cholesterol levels or hypercholesterolemia.

Cholesterol Check in the Past 5 Years

  • 91.00% of Georgia adults have taken a cholesterol test in the last five years.

Conclusion

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

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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