Cardiovascular Health Unit - Minnesota Department of Health

Cardiovascular Health Unit

Our mission

To improve cardiovascular health and reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke for all people living in Minnesota.

Our vision

That all people in Minnesota are heart-healthy and stroke-free.

Prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease

At the Minnesota Department of Health, we strengthen Minnesota communities to be heart-healthy and stroke-free through prevention, treatment and management of heart disease, stroke, and their risk factors by:

  • Bringing people across the state to work together toward a common goal
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  • Using data to inform changes in the community and health care
  • Helping organizations with content expertise, project planning/management and evaluation
  • Sharing important information and resources with the public and healthcare professionals
  • Making sure that all people have the same access to information, health care and support
  • Leading statewide strategies for individuals, communities and organizations to work together

The reality of cardiovascular disease in Minnesota

  • Cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in Minnesota. 
  • In 2017, about 24% of adults have diagnosed high blood pressure, and 25% have high cholesterol.
  • In 2016, there were more than 56,000 hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke.
  • From 2012 to 2016, the most striking disparities are in people of color. Compared to whites, the heart disease death rate is 55% higher in American Indians, and the stroke death rate is 36% higher in African-Americans and Asians.

Map of Minnesota filled with an image of a crowdServing Minnesotans

  • The Minnesota Stroke Program manages the Minnesota Stroke Registry, a quality of care initiative with 92 hospitals participating.
  • We implement statewide cross-cutting approaches to promote health, health system interventions and community-clinical linkages by addressing high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • We tell the public about heart disease and stroke in Minnesota, including what it is, how often it happens, the risk factors, population risk and how it impacts Minnesotans
  • We provide data and expert testimonials for legislation impacting cardiovascular disease

Minnesota Cardiovascular Health Alliance

We also convene the Cardiovascular Health Alliance, a voluntary organization of cardiovascular health professionals and community members who meet quarterly to address cardiovascular disease from the public health and medical perspective and guide, promote and participate in the Minnesota Cardiovascular Health State Plan development and implementation.


Updated Saturday, 09-Feb-2019 16:35:32 CST