Community Data

Heart Disease

Quick Facts:

  • As of 2017, heart disease was the leading cause of death in Texas with 45,346 heart disease deaths. 
  • In 2018, 36.2% of the U.S. population over 75 years of age were diagnosed with heart disease. 
  • In the year 2018 for the US as a whole: 43.2% of males aged 75 years and older were diagnosed with heart disease and 31% of females 75 years and older were diagnosed with heart disease.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease encompasses several issues such as cardiovascular disease, blood vessel disease, heart disease, or abnormal heart beats (arrhythmia). Heart disease can lead to heart failure, heart attacks, stroke, aneurysm, or possible cardiac arrest. Following your doctor’s advice and treatment plan is very important to manage heart disease, and try to prevent further complications.


Risk Factors 

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet and poor exercise
  • Additional chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Stress
  • Age, race/ethnicity, or gender
    Excessive alcohol consumption 
  • Family history

Heart Disease in Our Community

Darker colors on the interactive maps indicate worse outcomes.

In 2018 in Taylor County, about 7% of adults were diagnosed with heart disease. This rate decreased in 2019 to about 5.7% of adults in Taylor County. Looking within Taylor County by zip code, the areas with the highest rates of diagnosed heart disease were the southwest and northwest parts of the county in the zip codes of 79561 and 79566. The zip codes with the lowest rates of diagnosed heart disease within Taylor County were 79607 and 79606.

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