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

Death Rate Due to Heart Disease in Washington

In 2021, 13,547 people in Washington died of heart disease.

Death Rate per 100,000 Population

  • 134.6 in 100,000 people in Washington died of heart disease in 2020

Death Rate from 2015-2021

Washington's death rate due to heart disease has decreased from 155.5 in 2014 to 143.4 in 2019, and has slightly increased to 149.3 in 2021.

Demographics of Heart Disease Deaths in Washington

  • In Washington, men are more likely to die of heart disease than women.
  • 172.4 in every 100,000 people in Washington who died from heart disease in 2020 were men.
  • In the same year, 102.6 in 100,000 people in Washington who died due to heart disease were women.
  • Male deaths due to heart disease in Washington are higher than female deaths.

Heart Disease Deaths by Ethnicity

The data shows that there are significant disparities in heart disease mortality rates among different ethnic groups in Washington. Black and American Indian/Alaska Native populations have the highest rates, while Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander populations have lower rates.

Cardiovascular Disease Rates in Washington

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

  • 5.90% of adults in Washington were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease in 2021.

Adults Diagnosed with Cardiovascular Disease by Sex

  • 7.80% of Washington men said their doctor told them they had cardiovascular disease in 2021.
  • 4.10% of Washington women report being told by their doctor they had cardiovascular disease in the same year.

Hypertension Rates in Washington

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

  • 33.40% of all adults in Washington were diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension in 2021.

High Cholesterol Rates in Washington

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

  • 37.30% of all adults in Washington were diagnosed with elevated cholesterol levels or hypercholesterolemia.

Cholesterol Check in the Past 5 Years

  • 88.00% of Washington adults have taken a cholesterol test in the last five years.


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

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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