heart disease is still a big problem in the southern states. Tom Breen reports:Maybe heart disease should be considered an epidemic. Have you watched television lately? Every other commercial is for some sort of cholesterol-lowering medication. Goes to show you, there’s a lot of money to be made in disease. Well then, the pharmaceutical companies must be making a fortune in the south because according to the Associated Press,
Mississippi had the highest fatality rate from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, at nearly 406 deaths per 100,000 people.
Oklahoma was next, with nearly 401 deaths per 100,000; Alabama, with 378 deaths; Tennessee, with nearly 374 deaths per 100,000; and West Virginia, with 373.
There were twice as many angioplasties recorded in Southern states as compared to other regions, and the report found similar ratios of bypass surgery, open-heart surgeries and pacemaker implants.