Heart Disease and Stroke

Each year, heart disease and stroke claim one out of every three lives in Wisconsin, affecting an increasing proportion of people under the age of 65. The good news is that many risk factors for heart disease and stroke – hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, overweight and obesity, and diabetes – are largely preventable.

The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Unit (CDPU) works with health systems, health care providers, insurers and professional organizations across the state to support a healthier Wisconsin by improving the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDPU manages several projects to enhance coordinated systems of care, promote clinical best practices, and support patient self-care and health literacy. Current projects include:

  • Increase awareness of and referrals for high blood pressure.
  • Increase use of medication therapy management (MTM) for diabetes and hypertension.
  • Increase coordination of team-based care in health systems.
  • Increase patients’ self-monitoring of blood pressure.
  • Improve stroke systems of care (see Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program).

Featured Videos

Share the videos listed below with friends and colleagues to help raise awareness of heart disease and stroke risks,  signs and symptoms.  Videos are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Salt Matters: Preserving Choice, Protecting Health
The vast majority of Americans consume too much sodium each day, often more than twice the recommended limit for most adults. Check out this video, Salt Matters, to learn the staggering facts about the sodium in our food:  where it comes from, how it affects our health, and what we can do about it.

The video, which features interviews with leading health experts, is available in three versions of varying length:

We hope you will share Salt Matters with friends and colleagues concerned about salt and its impact on the health of all Americans. For more information, please visit the CDC web page about salt.

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Last Revised: February 25, 2015