Heart Disease: Part of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program

Heart Disease in Wisconsin

Each year, cardiovascular disease is responsible for one out of every three deaths in Wisconsin, affecting an increasing proportion of people under the age of 65. The good news is that many of the risk factors associated with heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions—hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, overweight and obesity, and diabetes—are largely preventable.

Two out of Ten People

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Wisconsin, accounting for more than 2 out of every 10 deaths statewide.

SOURCE: McKenna M, Collins J. Current Issues and Challenges in Chronic Disease Control. Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, 2010.

2 out of 5 hearts

Approximately 1.3 million adults in Wisconsin have hypertension, and 2 out of 5 of them are unaware of their condition.

SOURCE: Vital Signs: Awareness of Treatment of Uncontrolled Hypertension Among Adults, MMWR September 12, 2012; 61(35);703-709.

Heart Disease and the Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program

The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CDPP) 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.

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDPP manages several projects to enhance coordinated systems of care, promote clinical best practices, and support patient self-care and health literacy. Current projects focus on:

  • Increasing awareness of and referrals for high blood pressure.
  • Increasing use of medication therapy management (MTM) for diabetes and hypertension.
  • Increasing coordination of team-based care in health systems.
  • Increasing patients’ self-monitoring of blood pressure.



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Strategies and Approaches

Learn about approaches and policies to advance prevention, screening, and treatment of heart disease in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Heart Disease and Stroke Alliance (HDSA)

Find out more about the work of this coalition of professional and health care associations, organizations, and state and local public health partners. Interested in joining the HDSA? Learn more here.

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Million Hearts Wisconsin

Check out the Million Hearts Wisconsin page for more information about ongoing hypertension control work and the Wisconsin Blood Pressure Improvement CHALLENGE. Take the CHALLENGE. Tell your story. Save lives.

National CDC Million Hearts Initiative

Million Hearts® is a five-year national initiative aimed at preventing one million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in September 2011, it aligns existing efforts and creates new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, more productive lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are co-leaders of Million Hearts® within HHS, working with other federal agencies and private-sector organizations to make a long-lasting impact against cardiovascular disease.

Since its launch, the national CDC Million Hearts® Initiative has recognized 41 Hypertension Control Champions for their success in achieving greater than 70 percent control among their patients with high blood pressure. These health care providers, practices, and systems achieved blood pressure control rates of at least 70 percent in their patient populations through innovations in health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and health care team approaches. Together, these champions care for more than 12 million adults and represent a range of small and large, urban and rural, and private, federal, and tribal health practices and systems.

Join the National Million Hearts® Initiative.

Learn more about past Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions.

View the 2015 Hypertension Control Champions Announcement.

Find national CDC Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge information and resources.

Last Revised: December 28, 2016