Heart disease and stroke combined are the leading causes of death in Washington State, and both of which share hypertension and high cholesterol as major risk factors.
This site is dedicated to helping health professionals and community-based partners reduce the impact of cardiovascular diseases in our communities.
The Washington State Department of Health’s Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Prevention Program maintains this site in collaboration with partners in the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Network Leadership Team.
Heart Disease and Stroke Maps show Washington Rates
You can now view maps on the Cardiovascular Connection that display data on heart disease and stroke death rates in Washington and across the United States. This data is provided by the CDC and is the most current data available. You can view rates by race and gender, by county for Washington, the state as a whole, and compare Washington to other states and territories using this tool.
University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center's Hypertension Resource
You can find the newly updated Compendium of Evidence-Based Strategies for Hypertension Control on the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center's web page of Tools & Guides. This page also houses Dissemination: Promoting Use of Best Practices, a step-by-step guide to help organizations develop plans for disseminating evidence-based strategies outside research settings.
Update: Strokes in Washington State
Stroke is the 6th leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in Washington. See the latest statistics in this 2021 fact sheet.
Home Blood Pressure Monitor Comparison and Other Resources to Support Home Monitoring
May 2021 - A common question that providers and patients have is: Which home BP monitor best meets my needs? A new resource, Choosing a Home BP Monitor - At a Glance Comparison, is now available from the National Association for Community Health Centers. You can find this and other valuable resources to support blood pressure self-monitoring at NACHC’s Million Hearts® Web site. Would you like support in setting up a blood pressure self-monitoring program at your clinical site? If so, let us know by contacting HeartDisease@doh.wa.gov.
Would you like assistance with messaging about stroke, high blood pressure, or other cardiovascular topics in Washington State? If so, let us know by contacting HeartDisease@doh.wa.gov.
What would you like to do?
This site contains information, resources, links, and actions to take to improve the health of our communities and reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease in our state.
- Use Team-Based Care to improve your patients’ cardiovascular health (without adding to the burden of your primary care providers)
- Use health data to improve high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol in your population
- Partner with Community Health Workers to improve your population’s health
- Partner with Pharmacists to improve your population’s health
- Link with community resources to improve your population’s health