Which states have the highest heart disease rates?

CDC: Disease rates falling, but still high in some regions

Topics: Cardiovascular, Service Lines, Outcomes, Quality, Performance Improvement

October 17, 2011

Although CDC last week reported that coronary heart disease rates continue to fall nationwide, the agency identified hotspots where disease prevalence hovers above average.

For its Oct. 14 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC researchers analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys from 2006 to 2010. Overall, the results showed that 6% of U.S. adults had heart disease in 2010, down from 6.7% in 2006. White and Hispanic Americans experienced the greatest decline in heart disease, while the lowest disease rates were observed among women, educated residents, and individuals younger than 65 years old.

According to experts, the decline may be attributable to better high blood pressure and cholesterol treatments and lower smoking rates, USA Today reports.

Many groups still face uphill heart disease battle

Despite improved heart disease rates in some patient groups, the report also found that rates rose among black U.S. residents and was highest for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Meanwhile, nearly 20% of patients ages 65 and older had the condition, compared with roughly 7% of individuals ages 45 to 64 and 1% of individuals ages 18 to 44.

The states with the highest heart disease prevalence in 2010 were:

  • Kentucky (8.2%);
  • West Virginia (8%);
  • Louisiana (7.8%);
  • Oklahoma (7.6%);
  • Alabama (7.4%);
  • Mississippi (7.4%);
  • Arkansas (7.1%);
  • Michigan (7.1%);
  • Indiana (6.9%); and 
  • Tennessee (6.9%).

Meanwhile, CDC found that Hawaii, the District of Columbia, and Connecticut had the lowest heart disease rates (Reinberg, HealthDay, 10/13; Kaiser, MedPage Today, 10/13).

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