Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Older Adults
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that cardiovascular disease (CVD), accounts for 17.9 millions deaths each year. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease and heart failure. CVD is a condition that can be caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. According to research, CVD is more prevalent in certain racial or ethnic groups. The rates are higher among Blacks and Hispanics (CDC 2020). Also, individuals with lower education and income tend to have higher CVD rates (Kreps, et al. 2019, 2019). CVD is a serious public health concern in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 610,000 Americans die each year from CVD. This is roughly 1 out of 4 deaths in America (CDC 2020). According to America’s Health Rankings 2020, West Virginia is home to the country’s highest CVD rate among seniors. Unfortunately, data is not available for specific counties regarding CVD rates.