Cardiovascular disease data


Cardiovascular disease refers to a group of conditions affecting the heart (heart disease: coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure) and blood vessels (stroke).

Combined, heart disease and stroke were the leading cause of death in Colorado in 2013, accounting for 24 percent of all deaths.

On average, one Coloradan dies every hour due to cardiovascular disease.

Modifiable risk factors that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease include:

  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity, healthy eating and active living.
  • Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Excessive alcohol use.

Disparities in cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol prevalence exist.

In 2013, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease was significantly higher among males, older adults, adults with lower annual household income, adults with lower education level and adults who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or other non-heterosexual sexual orientation.

Additionally, males had a higher prevalence of both high blood pressure and high cholesterol; Black Coloradans had the highest prevalence of high blood pressure, and Hispanic Coloradans had the highest prevalence of high cholesterol; and adults who identify as heterosexual had higher prevalence of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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