Improve cardiovascular health in adults — HDS‑01

Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
3.2 mean cardiovascular health score (2013-16) *

3.5 mean cardiovascular health score  *

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

3.2 was the mean cardiovascular health score (maximum score of 7.0) among adults aged 20 years and over in 2013-16 *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Increase overall cardiovascular health in adults

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke is the fifth leading cause. People with better cardiovascular health are less likely to die of heart disease, stroke, and other diseases. Interventions to lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index can improve overall cardiovascular health. These interventions include strategies to help people eat healthier, get more physical activity, and quit smoking.