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The Division of Cardiovascular Health works to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.

What is Heart Disease?

“Heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack.

Signs of a Heart Attack

CALL 9-1-1 if you or someone you are with shows any signs of a heart attack.

5 major symptoms

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

Risk Factors

  • High Blood Pressure (In 2017, 35.2% of Hoosiers were told they have high blood pressure.)
  • High Cholesterol (In 2017, 32.8% of Hoosiers were told they have high cholesterol.)
  • Diabetes (IDOH Diabetes Information) 
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake

Preventing Heart Disease:

  • Eat a healthy diet - add more fruits and veggies to your diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight by exercising regularly
  • Cut or limit the use of tobacco products
  • Have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked by a physician
  • Manage your diabetes (Link)

Useful Resources

ABCs of Heart Health

Cholesterol: Fact or Fiction?

Heart Disease and Stroke

Heart Disease Risk Assessment

Learn more about Heart Disease

Million Hearts Tools

Take the Heart Disease Quiz