Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention program logoThe mission of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is to improve cardiovascular health, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke. The program focuses on both primary and secondary prevention, detection, and monitoring of heart disease and stroke within South Dakota. We aim to prevent heart disease and stroke through public and professional education with the intention of empowering individuals and communities to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors and build skills to initiate environmental and policy change strategies.

The risk of heart disease and stroke can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control the risk factors that put people at greater risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of both heart attack and stroke, calling 911 right away, and getting to a hospital are critical to survival. It is important to note that people who have already had a heart attack or stroke can also work to reduce their risk of future events by controlling their risk factors. The more risk factors you have, the higher your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.

Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Disease 2018 Statistics

  • Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 836,546 deaths in the US. That's about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
  • About 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of total cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $329.7 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
  • Nearly half of all NH black adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, 47.7 percent of females and 46.0 percent of males.
  • Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause (43.8 percent) of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease in the US, followed by Stroke (16.8 percent), Heart Failure (9.0 percent), High Blood Pressure (9.4 percent), diseases of the arteries (3.1 percent), and other cardiovascular diseases (17.9 percent).
  • Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.9 million deaths per year in 2015, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
  • CVD and stroke accounted for 14% of total health expenditures in 2013-2014. This is more than any major diagnostic group.
  • Total direct medical costs of CVD are projected to increase to $749 billion in 2035.

The source for the health statistics is the American Heart Association's 2018 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, which is compiled annually by the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and other government sources.

South Dakota Cardiovascular Collaborative Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021

The South Dakota Cardiovascular Collaborative Strategic Plan 2017 - 2021 is a collaborative effort of state and local partners working to improve the quality of life for all South Dakotans through prevention and control of heart disease and stroke in South Dakota. Click on the documents below to view the full strategic plan or the one-page overview.

Controllable risk factors that affect your risk of heart disease and stroke

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity

Uncontrollable risk factors that affect your risk of heart disease and stroke

  • Increasing age
  • Sex (gender)
  • Race
  • Family Medical History
  • Previous Heart Attack or Stroke

See your healthcare provider today to assess your risk for heart disease and stroke. Get empowered and take an active role in your healthcare by asking questions and knowing your numbers for blood pressure and cholesterol so that you can be informed and make the necessary changes to live a longer, healthier life.

Heart Disease Death Rates

Heart Disease is the number one killer in the US. See how our county-level rates differ within our state and how South Dakota compares to the rest of the nation.


Contact Information

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
South Dakota Department of Health
7511 S. Louise Avenue, Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 367-5356
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The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is reflected in the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 2020 Strategic Map - the vision is that all South Dakotans will enjoy healthy lives free from the devastation of chronic diseases.

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