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DOH-Volusia - Volusia Sees Increase in Heart Disease Deaths

By Holly Smith

April 04, 2017

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Since 2011, Volusia County's heart disease death rate has increased eight percent, according to a special report released by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia). Volusia consistently has shown a higher rate of heart disease and associated deaths when compared with the Florida rate.

"Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in Volusia County," said Patricia Boswell, DOH-Volusia administrator. "It is a priority for not only the Department of Health but also for our community partners. Heart disease education, prevention and access to care are priority objectives in the Community Health Improvement Plan."

The death rates from heart disease and cancer in the county are nearly identical, Boswell added. Both are a concern for public health officials.

The special report analyzes the rate of death, emergency department visits and hospitalizations related to heart disease from 2011 through 2015. Rates are compared geographically by zip code.

Hospitals saw 13 percent more emergency department visits related to heart disease over the five-year period. However, the rate of hospitalizations with heart disease decreased by four percent.

Zip code 32190 had the highest death rate for heart disease in the county. Zip codes 32102 and 32754 had no reported heart disease deaths.

Heart disease was most prevalent in Northwest Volusia's 32190 zip code. The lowest rates of the disease were logged in zip code 32124.

There is a bit a good news in the report. Half of Volusia's zip codes had a lower hospitalization rate of heart disease than Florida.

Payer types for emergency department visits with heart disease and the average charge per visit also were analyzed.

The report does not examine cause and effect relationships. The Department prepares these types of health reports for use by community partners who serve various populations or address health risks. Reports also help to raise awareness among the general public, Boswell said.

"Quite often we're asked why rates are higher in one area or another," Boswell added. "There's not a simple answer. The health of the public is affected by many factors - where you live, access to get care, family health history, education and income. Those are just a few examples of factors that can affect health outcomes. That's why we take a community approach to address health risks."

The report is online at


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