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Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology

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.

CVD is the leading cause of death globally, and the World Health Organization estimates that it takes an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. In Michigan, heart disease has been the leading cause of death for more than a decade. 

The MDHHS cardiovascular health 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.


Michigan Cardiovascular Disease Dashboard

Michigan Cardiovascular Disease Dashboard

This interactive dashboard provides a number of snapshots profiling cardiovascular disease among Michigan adults. It provides quick access to indicators at the state and county level, as well as demographics and selected comorbidities and controllable risk factors.

   ► See this dashboard.

Surveillance Products

Data Library


State of Michigan

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Epidemiology Staff

For more information, or to get accessibility assistance reading any of these documents, please contact Sonia Villarreal, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit secretary (email: