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Heart Disease

Almost 17% of all deaths in Minnesota are due to heart disease (8,568 deaths in 2021), making it the 2nd-leading cause of death in the state behind cancer.

■ African-American/African-Born adults aged 35-64 die from heart disease at approximately two times the rate of all Minnesotans of the same age.

■ Every year from 2000 through 2021, Minnesota had the lowest overall heart disease death rate in the United States.

Risk Factors

■ High Blood Pressure

■ Unhealthy blood cholesterol levels

■ Obesity

■ Diabetes mellitus


■ Chest Pain

■ Shortness of Breath

■ Coughing or Wheezing

■ Swelling in the Legs, Ankles, or Feet

■ Poor Blood Supply to Extremities

■ Fatigue


Prevention Tips

■ Don't smoke or use tobacco

■ Daily physical activity

■ Heart-healthy diet

■ Maintain a healthy weight

■ Manage stress

■ Regular health screenings

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