Cardiovascular Disease


These datasets provide de-identified insurance data for diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. The data is provided by three managed care organizations in Allegheny County (Gateway Health Plan, Highmark Health, and UPMC) and represents their insured population (medicare, medicaid, individual, and corporate) for the 2015 calendar year.

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are the leading global cause of death. In 2012, it has been estimated that 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease, accounting for nearly one third of total deaths on the planet. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.4 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.7 million were due to stroke. There are also geographic disparities evident in this data, with over three quarters of deaths due to cardiovascular disease occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

In Allegheny County, according to data from the Allegheny County Health Department appearing on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Profiles, Circulatory disease is also the leading cause of death, accounting for 32% of all deaths occurring in 2011 and 2012. Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing key behavioral risk factors, including tobacco use, unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption. People with cardiovascular disease or those who are at elevated risk (due to the presence of one or more risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia or already established disease) can benefit from early detection and management, including counseling, medication, and other treatments.

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All four co-morbidity datasets (Diabetes, Hypertension, and Hyperlipidemia) include information on the total number insured, number of members with a diagnosis, and the number of diagnosed members that have filled medication related to that condition.