Heart Disease and Stroke

Goal: Improve cardiovascular health and reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke is the fifth leading cause.1,2 Healthy People 2030 focuses on preventing and treating heart disease and stroke and improving overall cardiovascular health.

Heart disease and stroke can result in poor quality of life, disability, and death. Though both diseases are common, they can often be prevented by controlling risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol through treatment.

In addition, making sure people who experience a cardiovascular emergency — like stroke, heart attack, or cardiac arrest — get timely recommended treatment can reduce their risk for long-term disability and death. Teaching people to recognize symptoms is key to helping more people get the treatment they need.

Objective Status

  • 0 Target met or exceeded
  • 4 Improving
  • 4 Little or no detectable change
  • 1 Getting worse
  • 3 Baseline only
  • 7 Developmental
  • 0 Research

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Murphy, S.L., Xu, J.Q., Kochanek, K.D., & Arias, E. (2018). Mortality in the United States, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db328-h.pdf [PDF - 518 KB]


Benjamin, E.J., et al. (2019). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2019 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 139(10), e56-e528. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000659