The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
Published: April 2009
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Addressing the Nation's Leading Killers
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the nation’s No. 1 killer of men and women across all racial and ethnic groups. Because more than one in three adults (80 million) are living with one or more types of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. workforce. In 2009, the cost of heart disease and stroke— including health care costs and lost productivity from deaths and disability— is estimated to be more than $475 billion. State governments pay a significant share of the burden for their state employees and Medicaid enrollees.
Sources: American Heart Association, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, 2009 Update; National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System; Trust for America's Health, Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities, July 2008; and NCSL staff research.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Heart Disease Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/DHDSP/library/fs_heart_disease.htm.
Link to downloadable and interactive versions of the Atlases of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/DHDSP/library/maps/index.htm
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