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Circulatory: Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

The Leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Each year heart disease causes approximately 600,000 deaths, or 1 out of every 4.

According to CDC, the most common type of heart disease is called Coronary Heart Disease, which kills about 385,000 people annually.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics and whites.

Lowering you blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce your risk of dying of heart disease. Here are some tips to protect your heart:

  • Follow your doctor's instructions and stay on your medications.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in salt; low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol; and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Take a brisk 10 minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
  • Don't smoke. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.

Age-Adjusted Coronary Heart Disease Hospitalization Rate

2227 per 100,000
State National
1839 per 100,000 N/A
Source: MassCHIP, 2011

Why this is important:

The number of hospitalizations due to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in Worcester's population in 2011 was 21% higher than the statewide rate. CHD is addressed in the Greater Worcester CHIP through increasing healthy eating & active living, reducing tobacco use and increasing access to primary care.


Age-Adjusted Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Rate

99 per 100,000
State National
96 per 100,000 N/A
Source: MassCHIP, 2010

Why this is important:

The number of Worcester residents who died as a result of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in 2010 was similar to the number of deaths statewide from CHD. According to the Health of Worcester Report, in 2008 Circulatory System Diseases, including CHD, were the leading causes of death in Worcester. According to the CDC, heart disease is also the leading cause of death nationwide.

Self-Reported History of Angina or Coronary Heart Disease Rate

State National
5.2% N/A
Source: BRFSS, 2011

Why this is important:

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is the world's largest ongoing telephone health survey system. The percentage of Worcester residents self-reporting a history of angina or coronary disease is only slightly higher than what people report statewide.

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