Heart & Stroke

Although heart disease and stroke mortality rates have declined dramatically over the past 50 years, heart disease remains the number one cause of death, and stroke the fifth leading cause of death in Michigan and across the United States. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for both heart disease and stroke, and one in three Michiganders has high blood pressure.

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit strives to create a heart-healthy and stroke-free Michigan by supporting and promoting programs to increase physical activity, healthy eating, and smoke-free lifestyles, while reducing health disparities and preventing and controlling other cardiovascular disease risk factors. The resources on this page will help you support your patients in taking action to decrease their risk of developing high blood pressure or heart disease, as well as their risk of stroke.

For more information regarding heart disease and stroke prevention, please contact Jacqueline Humphrey at 517-241-5618 (e-mail: HumphreyJ@michigan.gov).