Heart Disease & Stroke
Current Situation - Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in Allen County while stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death. Cardiovascular disease accounts for 21% of all deaths in Ohio. In Allen County, the older population, individuals with an income less than $25,000 and those with less than a high school diploma have been shown to have a higher risk of heart disease.
Key Data Points
Opportunities for Improvement
What is being done in our Community?
Healthy U,also known as Chronic Disease Self Management Program, is a workshop offered by the Area Agency on Aging 3 (AAA3). The 6, 2.5-hour sessions are led by a pair of trained, volunteer leaders. AAA 3 also offers a program similarly structured called Diabetes Self Management. AAA 3 is also partnering with the Ohio Commission on Minority Health in its Minority Diabetes Initiative to reach those diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes or Diabetes 1 & 2.
The Activate Allen County and the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) programs are addressing cardiovascular risk factors in Allen County. Both programs are focusing on policy, system and environmental changes so that the benefits of these actions will last long into the future.
Mended Hearts Chapter 111 is a support group for individuals who have undergone any heart surgery procedure. This group addresses cardiovascular risk factors and provides education about how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Advanced Stroke Life Support education was provided to both hospitals in Lima and the local EMS. An improved stroke protocol was implemented county-wide so that those responding to stroke victims do so in a manner that is more likely to result in better outcomes.