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Minnesota To Address Heart Disease, Stroke

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Minnesota Department of Health will receive $963,000 to address heart disease and stroke in Minnesota.

The funding, which begins this month, may be renewed annually for the next five years.

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"Heart disease and stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in our state," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dianne Mandernach. "This funding will help us continue our efforts to prevent these conditions and to improve the lives of those affected by them."

Heart disease and stroke accounted for 28 percent of all deaths in Minnesota in 2005, with 7,915 resulting from heart disease, and 2,372 from stroke. Also in 2005, more than 73,000 hospitalizations for heart disease or stroke resulted in hospital costs of more than $2.1 billion. The CDC funding will be used to further develop the work of the state's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit and to establish a new Minnesota stroke registry.

With $400,000, the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit of MDH will: