Health and Mental Health
Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease
Definition: The rate of hospitalization and ER visits attributable to cardiovascular disease.
Rationale: Cardiovascular disease can be the culmination of several risk behaviors and familial history. It can be prevented or treated early through the use of screening (BP, etc), healthier nutrition, increased activity, smoking cessation – all of which can be influenced through significant public health awareness campaigns.
Data Source: Department of Health and Senior Services Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA)
http://www.dhss.mo.gov/MICA/index.html. This site uses regularly collected data specific to cardiovascular disease and provides comparison with state and other county data, if desired. The data are published for the previous year, and comparisons can be made with previous years.