Am I at Risk for a Heart Attack or Stroke?

DOWNLOAD PDFHeart disease and stroke continue to be among the top causes of death in the nation. The same is true in Nevada. Heart disease is the leading cause of death and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in Nevada¹. Heart disease and stroke account for approximately 1 in 3 deaths in Nevada¹.  The annual costs associated with cardiovascular disease and stroke in Nevada is approximately $8.95 billion, with $7.20 billion of the cost associated with cardiovascular disease.

The aim of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is to increase public awareness about signs and symptoms of heart disease and stroke, decrease disparities of these conditions among ethnicities, and improve the quality of care for both heart disease and stroke patients while increasing survival rates for the citizens of Nevada².

¹ Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book 7th Edition, Griswold, M.T. & Packham, J., January 2015

² Whitehill, J., Flores, M, & Mburia-Mwalili, A. (2013). The Burden of Chronic Disease in Nevada. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Nevada State Health Division

In The News

Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure Program (SMBP) Success Story

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program launched a pilot program for Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure among patient with hypertension or high blood pressure in January 2016. This preliminary success story details the focus of the pilot program and what information officials hope the program will uncover.


If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, please contact 911 for emergency care and proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room for evaluation. This interactive map will provide you with driving directions to the nearest Primary Stroke Center by clicking on the map.

Signs and symptoms of a heart attack:

  • chest pain or discomfort
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • left arm, back, and/or jaw pain

Signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • Facial droop
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Sudden confusion
  • Blurred vision, especially in one eye
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Numbness and tingling, especially on one side of your body
  • Difficulty walking
  • Sudden loss of coordination and/or balance