Samantha Aisen, MPH
Introduction: Ischemic heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, with some geographic groups being more affected than others. A Healthy People 2020 objective exists to reduce ischemic heart disease mortality.
Methods: This study examined ischemic heart disease mortality in Wisconsin by county and 4 county categories, based on an urban to rural spectrum, and observed progress towards the Healthy People 2020 objective.
Results: Ischemic heart disease mortality rates have been decreasing. Currently, 67% of Wisconsin counties meet the objective; however, 71% of counties not meeting the objective are more rural.
Discussion: Although further investigation is needed to better understand the factors that cause disparities, more resources should be directed towards communities at highest risk.