About Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels such as heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. According to the World Health Organization, CVD is the foremost noncommunicable disease accounting for 31% of all global deaths in 2016. CVD costs the United States an average of $317 billion in 2011-2012. In Michigan, heart disease has been the leading cause of death for more than a decade.

Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Epidemiologist: Michelle Byrd, PhD, MPH

Vision: A heart-healthy and stroke free Michigan

Mission: The aim of the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section (CVHNPA) Section is to prevent and reduce heart disease, stroke, other circulatory diseases, and obesity for all Michigan residents.

The Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Epidemiologist supports the CVHNPA by monitoring trends in cardiovascular disease, comorbidities, and behavioral factors among Michigan adults. Surveillance is also conducted to track disparities in health outcomes and healthcare utilization by various characteristics including race/ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, geography, disability status, and other characteristics.


Surveillance Products

2018 Cardiovascular Disease in Michigan Fact Sheet

Data Library

Cardiovascular-Related Hospitalization among Michigan Adults - 2017



State of Michigan

Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity

Diabetes Prevention and Control Program


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Heart Disease and Stroke Maps and Data

US Diabetes Surveillance System

Chronic Disease Indicators