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The leading cause of death in Iowa is heart disease.


According to the Iowa Dept. of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics, heart disease is responsible for the most deaths in Iowa. Cancer is second, followed by chronic lower respiratory (lung) diseases, cerebrovascular disease (typically high blood pressure), and unintentional injuries.

IDPH has partnered with the CDC's Million Hearts campaign to try and reduce the number of deaths caused by heart disease and stroke. Talk to your health care provider about your risk for heart disease and/or stroke and remember the ABCs every day to help reduce your risk:

A - Appropriate aspirin therapy for those who need it

B - Blood pressure control

C - Cholesterol Management

S - Smoking Cessation

Click here for more information about the Million Hearts campaign and information on how to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Click here to see the 2013 Vital Statistics in Brief report, that lists birth, death, and other data for Iowa.

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