Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Heart Disease Prevalence

By Age & Sex

By Income

As part of the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), respondents were asked if they had been diagnosed with certain health conditions by a health professional that were expected to last six months or longer. In 2013-2014, 6.5% (5.0%, 8.0%) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (20+) reported having heart disease. This was not significantly different from the provincial self-reported heart disease prevalence rate of 5% (5.1%, 5.8%). It should be noted that respondents were simply asked if they had heart disease, they were not asked about specific types of diagnoses of heart disease. Heart disease prevalence has remained relatively constant, both locally and provincially, since 2000-2001.

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By Age & Sex

The vast majority of prevalent heart disease cases are among adults 50 years and older and the prevalence increases with age. Between 2007 and 2014, the prevalence of heart disease among Simcoe Muskoka adults 50 years and older was 12% (10.5%, 13.4%). Significantly more males report having heart disease when compared with females (14% (12.0%, 16.9%) vs. 9% (7.2%, 10.8%)). The increased heart disease prevalence in males compared with females is consistent across age groups.

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By Income

The prevalence of self-reported heart disease decreases with higher levels of income. Among adults (50+) in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario, those in the top 20% of household income had significantly lower self-reported heart disease prevalence when compared with those with bottom 20% of household income. 

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