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New! Download  The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in North Carolina (April 2018)

Heart disease is the number one cause of death, and stroke is the fifth cause of death in the country. Recent trends show that after more than four decades of decline, stroke death rates in the United States have stalled or even increased among some subpopulations. How are we doing in North Carolina?

The Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force, in collaboration with the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch, has released The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in North Carolina (April 2018) to detail the burden of heart disease and stroke in N.C., examine risk factors, identify subpopulations at highest risk, and identify priority strategies effective in preventing and controlling risks for heart disease and stroke.

The major causes of heart disease and stroke in N.C. are unhealthy diet, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes and excessive alcohol use. High blood pressure is the primary or contributing cause of 45 percent of all cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths and is responsible for about 45 percent of all strokes in hypertensive individuals according to the Institute of Medicine.

NEW! Data dashboard to track and monitor the NC Opioid Action Plan metrics; state and county-level data available.

NEW! Cancer Burden Poster: “Utilizing the Cancer Burden Document to Make Targeted Intervention Recommendations” (PDF, 1.7 MB)

New! More high school students are using e-cigarettes, according to North Carolina 2017 Youth Tobacco Survey Results Released. See the news release.

New! Community Health Workers in North Carolina: Creating an Infrastructure for Sustainability (PDF, 3.7 MB)

2018 Summer Heat Emergency Data and Prevention Tips

Chronic diseases and injuries are responsible for approximately two-thirds of all deaths in North Carolina, or about 50,000 deaths each year. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease and unintentional injuries make up the top five causes of death in North Carolina. Many deaths in the state are preventable and involve risky behaviors or lifestyles. Among the leading causes of preventable death are tobacco use, unhealthy diet/physical inactivity, alcohol and drug abuse and misuse, and motor vehicle crashes.

The N.C. Division of Public Health's Chronic Disease and Injury Section, along with local health departments and other partners, works to reduce death and disabilities related to chronic disease and injury. This is accomplished through policy development and environmental changes that support healthy behavior and improvements in systems of care as well as through education, screening, direct medical service, and community engagement. See our Sample of Recent Successes (PDF, 7.3 MB) infographic.

Our goal is to help North Carolina develop healthy and safe communities and health systems to prevent and control chronic diseases and injury, and to eliminate health inequities.

Chronic Disease and Injury programs within the Section include: