Sometimes heart disease may be silent and not identified until you experience symptoms as part of a heart attack, stroke or other heart disease. Even with no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoke.
Heart disease remained the leading cause of death in Kansas. About 5,700 Kansans died from heart disease in 2018. That is one in every five deaths.
Heart disease is responsible for more deaths among men than women in Kansas. Men who died from heart disease did so at younger ages than did women (75 and 82 years, respectively).
Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. Among Kansas adults age 18 years and older, the rate (percentage) of diagnosed angina or coronary heart disease is significantly higher among men compared to women.
Since 2012, the heart disease death rates have gradually increased. In 2018, the heart disease death rate was 197.3 deaths per 100,000 population.
For age-groups 45 to 84, the leading cause of death was cancer but for ages 85 and above the leading cause of death was heart disease.