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In this article, we provide an in-depth analysis of heart disease statistics in West Virginia 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 West Virginia.
In 2021, 4,820 people in West Virginia died of heart disease.
West Virginia's death rate due to heart disease has decreased from 195.1 in 2014 to 175 in 2019, but has slightly increased to 184.7 in 2021.
The data suggests that heart disease is a significant health concern for both white and black populations in West Virginia. However, more information is needed about the impact of heart disease on other ethnic groups in the state.
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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia.