How Wisconsin Women are Affected

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among men and women of all racial and ethnic groups in Wisconsin.

  • In 2007, CVD took more lives in the US than cancer, AIDS, automobile crashes, suicide, and homicide combined.
  • More Wisconsin women than have died of CVD for the past 10 years.
  • From 2003-2007, most Wisconsin CVD death rates have declined except congestive heart failure which has remained steady.
  • Heart disease and stroke account for 29.2% of female deaths in Wisconsin; about 18 women die each day in the state.
  • Modifiable risk factors like smoking and obesity are higher in rural women.




1. The Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Wisconsin 2010