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 percent of all global deaths in 2016. CVD cost 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.

Vision: A heart-healthy and stroke free Michigan

Mission: The aim of the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section (CVHNPA) 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.

MDHHS Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Epidemiologist: Michelle Byrd, PhD, MPH (email: ByrdM2@michigan.gov)

Surveillance Products

Data Library


State of Michigan

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention