The Cardiovascular Disease Index

Localizing disparities in cardiovascular health


What is the CVD Index?

The Cardiovascular Disease Index (CVD Index), an initiative of the National Minority Quality Forum, provides on-demand evaluation and mapping of CVD prevalence nationwide and by region, state, county, metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and by federal and state legislative district, as well as by age, gender, and race/ethnicity. Users may create customized maps depicting CVD prevalence and total counts to support educational, advocacy and public-affairs initiatives.


Why the CVD Index?

Minorities in the United States experience disparities in cardiovascular health that include higher rates of obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart disease, and stroke.  The purpose of the CVD Index is to locate areas in the country where CVD prevalence is high, or where large numbers of people with CVD reside, as well as to identify affected and at-risk population groups.


What are the data sources and methodology of the CVD Index?

The CVD Index uses data from the following sources:

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for 2000 through 2009
    (sociodemographic characteristics of persons with cardiovascular disease)
  • 2000 US Census data are used to obtain estimates at the zip-code-tabulation-area level for age, gender, and race/ethnicity, percentage living in rural areas, percentage of highest level education obtained, percentage living in poverty, as well as the total population of each zip-code tabulation area in the United States

The National Minority Quality Forum applies small-area analysis to the data to identify CVD disparities and produce CVD Index maps.


What do CVD Index maps show?

Users may generate color-coded maps that depict levels of CVD prevalence nationwide and by region, state, county, metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and by federal and state legislative district. They may differentiate CVD prevalence further by age, gender, and race/ethnicity.


How do users access the CVD Index?

A simple registration is all that is required for you to access the CVD Index.


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Partnering Organizations

American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), a 40,000 member non-profit medical society, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is a professional community of physicians specializing in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism committed to enhancing the ability of its members to provide the highest quality of patient care.

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The National Minority Quality Forum, a non-profit healthcare research organization, uses evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to eliminate premature death and preventable illness in racial and ethnic minorities.

Association of Black Cardiologists

Founded in 1974, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 2,500 health professionals, lay members of the community, corporate members, and institutional members.