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Cardiovascular Disease

Variable Definitions:
Cardiovascular-Related ER Visits: The average number of cardiovascular-related Emergency Room (ER) visits per 10,000 people

Source:
CalEnviroScreen 3.0

Years Available:
Data collected as an average of 2011 – 2013 and published in 2017

Why are these variables important to measure?

Cardiovascular-Related ER Visits

Cardiovascular disease refers to a number of conditions that involved blocked and narrowed blood vessels potentially causing heart problems. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, most often through heart attacks.

Many individual habits influence the development of cardiovascular disease including poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking.  On a neighborhood level, high rates of cardiovascular-related Emergency Room visits may be a sign of poor air quality, which has been shown to have substantial effects on rates of cardiovascular issues and cardiovascular-related deaths.

Citation:
Faust, John et al. “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool: CalEnviroScreen 3.0.” California Environmental Protection Agency & Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, January 2017. Link

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