Americans’ heart health varies significantly from state to state

AHA: December 19, 2012
Study Highlights:
  • Americans’ cardiovascular health varies greatly from state to state.
  • The percentage of the population with ideal cardiovascular health varies from 1.2 in Oklahoma to 6.9 in Washington, D.C.
  • The report could help state officials set goals to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke and improve cardiovascular health.
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DALLAS, Dec. 19, 2012 — Americans’ cardiovascular health External link varies greatly from state to state, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA).
The study is the first to assess cardiovascular health at the state level.
“Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is funding state heart disease and stroke prevention programs, we thought it would be helpful to have cardiovascular health information on the state level, to help better focus our efforts,” said Jing Fang, M.D., M.S., an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. Read more