Heart Disease in Wisconsin
Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, the most common being coronary heart disease (coronary artery disease).1 Heart disease often results in life-threatening events, such as heart attack or congestive heart failure. In Wisconsin, heart disease is the second leading cause of death overall, and the leading cause for those over the age of 65.2 Additionally, heart disease in Wisconsin costs an estimated $4.1 billion in direct medical costs.3 The good news is that many of the risk factors associated with heart disease—such as hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, overweight and obesity—can be changed, and heart disease can be prevented.
Heart disease a the leading cause of death in Wisconsin, accounting for more than 2 out of every 10 deaths statewide.2
Approximately 1.3 million adults in Wisconsin have hypertension, and 2 out of 5 of them are unaware of their condition.4
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.
Strategies and Approaches
Learn about approaches and policies to advance prevention, screening, and treatment of heart disease in Wisconsin.
The Heart Disease and Stroke Alliance is a coalition of professional and health care associations, organizations, and state and local public health partners. Interested in joining the HDSA? Learn more here.
Check out the Million Hearts® Wisconsin page for information about current hypertension control work and the Wisconsin Blood Pressure Improvement CHALLENGE.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. "About Heart Disease." Online. August 10, 2015. Accessed June 2018. URL: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm.
2. Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Office of Health Informatics. Annual Wisconsin Death Report, 2015 (P-01170-16). September 2016.
3. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and RTI International. Chronic Disease Cost Calculator version 2.6.5058. Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Chronic Disease Prevention Program. April 2018.
4. Vital Signs: Awareness of Treatment of Uncontrolled Hypertension Among Adults, MMWR September 12, 2012; 61(35): 703-709.