Cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death in New York City and the United States for decades. More than 21,000 New Yorkers die from heart disease and stroke each year. The cardiovascular disease death rate has dramatically decreased in the city in recent years but the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes threaten to undermine this progress.
The Health Department continues to work to prevent and control the modifiable risk factors of cardiovascular disease, including smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity. For example, the Department is promoting self-blood pressure monitoring, as studies have shown that patients who monitor their blood pressure at home have better control of their hypertension.
Last Updated 1/31/13