Tennessee Report on Heart Disease and Stroke

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Tennessee Department of Health has released "The Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Tennessee," a document that details the picture of the impact of heart disease and stroke on the physical and financial health of Tennesseans. The report also recommends steps to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke in Tennessee.

"The findings of this report are sobering for all Tennesseans," said Governor Phil Bredesen. "Sensible health decisions will allow us all to live healthier, more productive lives and protect us from the growing threat of diabetes and obesity in Tennessee."

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The Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Tennessee highlights:

  • risk factors that increase the risk for heart disease and stroke,
  • the prevalence of diseases of the heart, stroke and hypertension,
  • new directions in health service utilization,
  • costs associated with heart disease, stroke and hypertension and
  • trends in Tennessee compared to the United States as a whole.

"Poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles are two factors that contribute significantly to the burden of heart disease in Tennessee," aid Health Commissioner Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D. "Everyone can improve his or her health status by eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and by exercising for 30 minutes most days of the week."

This is the first report by the Tennessee Department of Health solely dedicated to identifying disparities within heart disease and stroke rates across the state and provides guidance in reducing the health burden from heart disease and stroke.

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