Heart disease and stroke in Louisiana:

  • Heart disease and stroke are the 1st and 4th killers of all Louisianans, respectively.
  • In 2005, 11,008 people died of heart disease and 2,469 people died of stroke.
  • Louisiana had the 5th highest mortality rate for heart disease and the 7th highest mortality rate for stroke in the nation in 2005.

Heart disease and stroke in DHH Region 8:

  • In 2005, 24.7% (959) of deaths in Region 8 were caused by heart disease and 5.5% (215) were due to stroke, making these the 1st and 4th causes of death, respectively.
  • Region 8 had the 3rd highest mortality rate for heart disease and the 4th highest rate for stroke in Louisiana in 2005.

Risk Factors (2004)

In Region 8:

  • 33.2% had high blood pressure [95% CI: 29.6‐36.7]
  • 32.8% had high cholesterol [95% CI: 28.8‐36.7]
  • 7.9% had diabetes [95% CI: 6.1‐9.7]
  • 25.6% were smokers [95% CI: 22.2‐29.0]
  • 66.5% were either overweight or obese[95% CI: 59.0‐73.8]
  • 33.5% did not get enough physical exercise [95% CI: 30.0‐37.1]
  • 19.8% did not eat more fruits and vegetables to lower risk of heart disease or stroke [95% CI: 16.7‐22.8]