Heart Disease: Still Hitting the South Hard

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, heart disease is still a big problem in the southern states. Tom Breen reports:
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.
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John Gilpin - January 1, 2007 1:12 PM

When I clicked the link, it took me to a subscriber-only site. Here is apparently the original AP story:

http://www.wkrn.com/nashville/news/ap-heart-disease-still-big-problem-in-south/68270.htm

...but there isn't much additional useful information there. It winds up, "... the report...underscores the need to study why [heart disease] is so much more common in the South than in the rest of the country".

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