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Where You Live May Help You Survive A Heart Attack

Regardless what those annual studies I post about the fattest and fittest cities in the United States may imply, living in a "fat city" doesn't prevent you at all from making the changes you need to optimize your health. That may be the "lesson" behind this study of short-term survival rates and treatments for heart attacks that vary widely based on where patients live.

Researchers focused their attention on 11 states that represented various regions in this country. Interestingly, the differences between the top (8-9 percent) and bottom states (around 11 percent), on average, didn't vary much.

Mortality rates blamed on a heart attack were the lowest in Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon. The states with the highest incidents of heart attack deaths:

  • California
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • South Carolina

Although scientists failed to pinpoint any concrete reason for the statistical differences among the states, they suspect variations in care -- specifically the rate of angioplasties -- may have something to do with it. (Maryland had the lowest number, while Colorado had the highest.)

Fact is, you can greatly reduce your chances of ever needing an angioplasty -- no matter where you live -- by learning how to eat the right foods for your body's unique nutritional type and to start an exercise program today.

American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 96, No. 9, November 1, 2005: 1190-1196

Yahoo News December 2, 2005

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