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Heart Disease and Stroke

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in Pennsylvania among both men and women.  On an average day in 2010, there were 338 deaths in Pennsylvania, 86 of which were due to heart disease, 18 deaths were due to stroke, and nine deaths were due to diabetes (heart disease comorbidity).  In 2010, there were 31, 274 deaths due to heart disease in Pennsylvania, representing 25.3 percent of all deaths. 

Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women in Pennsylvania and the fifth leading cause of death for men; 6,629 deaths or 5.4 percent  of all deaths in Pennsylvania in 2010.  On an average day in 2010, there were 18 deaths due to stroke.

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (HDSP) Program is committed to reducing the development of heart disease and stroke, delaying the progression of these primarily preventable diseases, and reducing the occurence of first and subsequent cardiovascular events (heart attack/stroke) in persons with known risk factors (elevated blood cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, and obesity).

The HDSP Program is committed to educate healthcare providers on evidence-based prevention and treatment guidelines for cardiovascular disease (heart disease/stroke), and institute policy, environmental, and systems change approaches in physician offices, hospitals, worksites, and other community settings for the greatest possible impact.


CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Million Hearts

American Heart Association

National Salt Reduction Initiative