Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention program logo The 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. Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke, the program focuses on:

  • Promoting the adoption of evidence-based quality measurement at the provider level
  • Supporting engagement of non-physician team members in hypertension and cholesterol management in clinic settings
  • Promoting the adoption of medication therapy management between pharmacists and physicians for the purpose of managing high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and lifestyle modifications
  • Developing a statewide infrastructure to promote sustainability for community health workers to promote management of hypertension and high blood cholesterol
  • Facilitating use of self-measured blood pressure monitoring with clinical support among adults with hypertension
  • Implementing systems to facilitate systematic referral of adults with hypertension and/or high blood cholesterol to community programs/resources

Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Disease 2021 Statistics

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD), listed as the underlying cause of death, accounted for 868,662 deaths in the US in 2017.

  • Between 2015 and 2018, 126.9 million American adults had some form of CVD. Between 2016 to 2017, direct and in direct costs of total CVD were $363.4 billion ($216.0 billion in direct costs and $147.4 billion in lost productivity/mortality).

  • In 2018, coronary heart disease (CHD) was the leading cause (42.1%) of deaths attributable to CVD in the US, followed by stroke (17.0%), high blood pressure (11.0%),heart failure (9.6%), diseases of the arteries (2.9%), and other CVD (17.4%).

The source for the health statistics is the American Heart Association's 2021 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 overview below to view the original strategic plan, including background and the process for initial development. Click the one-pager for the current version of the strategic plan.

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) at birth
  • 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.

Contact Information

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
South Dakota Department of Health
4101 West 38th St., Suite 102
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(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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