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Heart Disease in Oklahoma
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  • In 2010, Oklahoma had the third highest death rate for heart disease in the nation. 
  • Heart disease is Oklahoma’s leading killer for both men and women, resulting in more than 9,000 deaths in 2012.
  • From 2000 to 2012, heart disease death rates decreased among Oklahomans in the 55-64, 65-74, and 75 years and older age groups, but increased slightly or remained approximately the same in the 35-54 year age group and the 35 and younger age group.
  • The heart disease death rate was 50% higher among Oklahoma males than females in 2012.
  • In 2012, heart disease death rates were highest among non-Hispanic Blacks and American Indians.  These rates were nearly twice as high as the rate among Hispanics. 
  • In 2010-2012 combined, the percent of premature deaths from heart disease (those occurring in individuals under the age of 75) was 38.4% for non-Hispanic Whites, 58.2% for non-Hispanic Blacks, 55.5% for non-Hispanic American Indians, and 58.8% for Hispanics.
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, poor diet, and diabetes are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease.                                             


Stroke In Oklahoma                                                         
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  • Stroke is a time-sensitive, medical emergency that occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. 
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious disability in the U.S.
  • In 2010, Oklahoma had the fourth highest death rate for stroke in the nation.
  • Stroke was the fifth leading cause of death in Oklahoma in 2012, resulting in 1,881 deaths. 
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, poor diet, and diabetes are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease.             

The Chronic Disease Service is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce heart disease and stroke by implementing activities related to hypertension detection and control as part of the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health cooperative agreement (cooperative grant with diabetes, physical activity, nutrition and school health profile components).


The main emphasis of efforts is within health systems and health communications with the primary focus on reducing hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Current Projects include:

  • Promoting the reporting and use of National Quality Forum (NQF) Measures 0018 (blood pressure control) and 0059 (A1C - measure for diabetes control).
  • Working with health systems to decrease the percentage of Oklahomans with undiagnosed hypertension.

For more heart disease and stroke in Oklahoma data, see OK2SHARE and the Toolkit Trilogy, specifically the MONAHRQ Data Guide and the Chronic Disease Data Book.

If you have any questions regarding heart diease or stroke or are interested in the current projects, please contact the Chronic Disease Service at 

405-271-4072 or 1-888-669-5634.

Special Announcements
Chronic Disease Service received a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in support of the Million Hearts Initiative! Look for more information and/or resources on this page soon!

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