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

Death Rate Due to Heart Disease in Tennessee

In 2021, 14,481 people in Tennessee died of heart disease.

Death Rate per 100,000 Population

  • 212 in 100,000 people in Tennessee died of heart disease in 2020

Death Rate from 2015-2021

The death rate due to heart disease in Tennessee has decreased steadily from 184.2 in 2014 to 166.3 in 2021.

Demographics of Heart Disease Deaths in Tennessee

  • In Tennessee, men are more likely to die of heart disease than women.
  • 270 in every 100,000 people in Tennessee who died from heart disease in 2020 were men.
  • In the same year, 164.2 in 100,000 people in Tennessee who died due to heart disease were women.
  • The number of male deaths due to heart disease per 100,000 people in Tennessee is higher than the number of female deaths.

Heart Disease Deaths by Ethnicity

The data shows that there is a disparity in the amount of deaths due to heart disease among different ethnicities in Tennessee, with black individuals having the highest rate. The lower rates among hispanic and asian/pacific island ethnicities suggest that there may be cultural or lifestyle factors that contribute to this disparity.

Cardiovascular Disease Rates in Tennessee

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

  • 8.90% of adults in Tennessee were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease in 2021.

Adults Diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease by Sex

  • 11.20% of Tennessee men said their doctor told them they had cardiovascular disease in 2021.
  • 7.00% of Tennessee women report being told by their doctor they had cardiovascular disease in the same year.

Hypertension Rates in Tennessee

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

  • 40.30% of all adults in Tennessee were diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension in 2021.

High Cholesterol Rates in Tennessee

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

  • 40.00% of all adults in Tennessee were diagnosed with elevated cholesterol levels or hypercholesterolemia.

Cholesterol Check in the Past 5 Years

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

Conclusion

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

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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