The Death Of St Lucie County

796 Words Aug 11th, 2014 4 Pages
According to Healthypeople.gov (2014) in the United State heart disease is the leading cause of death and stroke is the third leading cause of death. These diseases are very evident in this health care provider community of St. Lucie County. The County of St Lucie ranks 22 out of 67 in health outcome. Health outcome represents how healthy a County is (County Health Ranking, 2013). This poor health ranking in St. Lucie County is evident in the disease category of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease was the second leading cause of death in 2013 for St. Lucie County, accounting for 638 deaths. The combine 638 deaths from heart disease and 135 deaths from strokes, makes heart disease and stroke the leading cause of death for St. Lucie county in 2013 ( Florida Health, 2013). The contributing factors that are causing heart disease and stroke in St. Lucie county are, unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, overweight/obese and lack of physical activity ( Florida Health, 2013). Both of these disease combined are not only detrimental, but also very costly financially. These disease combined “accounts for more than $500 billion in health care expenditures and related expenses in 2010 alone” (Healthypeople.gov, 2014, para.2). Because heart disease and stroke is having such a profound effect on the United States population, “Increase overall cardiovascular health in the U.S. population” is one of HealthyPeople.gov (2014) main goal for…
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