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In this article, we provide an in-depth analysis of heart disease statistics in Kentucky 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 Kentucky.
In 2021, 10,250 people in Kentucky died of heart disease.
Kentucky's death rate due to heart disease has decreased from 198.8 in 2014 to 176.4 in 2019, but has slightly increased to 181.1 in 2021.
The data shows that heart disease is a significant health issue in Kentucky, with higher rates among black and white populations. The lower rate among Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander populations may indicate a need for further research into potential protective factors.
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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky.