Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

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In 2008, three out of every ten deaths in Hawaii was caused by CVD, which adds up to almost 3,000 people each year. The burden on the health care system to treat CVD is large; there are over 18,000 hospitalizations every year in Hawaii from CVD. These hospital stays are expensive! Cardiovascular disease accounts for about 22% of all Hawaii hospital costs.

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to a variety of diseases and conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. The two most common cardiovascular diseases are heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading cause of death in Hawaii. The good news is that CVD is largely preventable, so this is a health crisis we can solve.

To learn more about Cardiovascular Disease visit these websites:

World Health Organization Fact Sheet

American Heart Association: Highlights, Risk Factors and Populations

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, 2011 Update: A Report by the American Heart Association

Sources: Hawaii Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring (2008); Hawaii Health Information Corporation (2009); CDC Hawaii: Burden of Chronic Disease Fact Sheet, 2008, accessed Dec. 15, 2011.