Heart disease risk highest in U.S. South
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that people with the highest heart disease risk live in the southeast region of the United States. Those with the lowest risk live in the opposite end of the country, in the Pacific Northwest.
In the study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers collected medical data for 300,000 people between the ages of 30 and 74, and calculated their risk for heart disease within the next 10 years. They took into account risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and eating and smoking habits.
Men living in Louisiana and women living in Mississippi had the highest risk. The lowest rates of heart disease risk were 13.2 percent for men in Utah, and 6.3 percent for women in Minnesota.
Researchers also looked at socioeconomic background as a risk factor, and found that those with more than a high school diploma and making more than $35,000 a year had a reduced risk heart disease.
These results may help public health campaigns and organization boost state-specific efforts and better target audiences, to help reduce the effect of heart disease . Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in the U.S.