Heart Disease Hot Spots

Yesterday, we noted that heart disease in surging in the US after years of decline. While there are areas showing growth in heart disease in all regions of the US, there are certain areas in which the resurgence is particularly pronounced.

The American Heart Association estimates that 48% of Americans have some form of heart disease. Much of that is undiagnosed.

Which states top the list for prevalance of heart disease? The list isn’t surprising, and by and large aligns with lower incomes, lower education, and fundamentalism.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

The current spikes in the rate of heart attack death are in

  • Arkansas/Missouri/Eastern Oklahoma
  • Around Flint Michigan
  • The Savannah/Jacksonville area
  • Specific counties in Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina
  • Portland, Maine
  • Northern California (north of the Bay area)

The hot spots tend to coincide with retirement destinations or concentrations of poverty.

Source: Wall Street Journal. White areas show no growth in heart disease. Darker areas show growth. Areas outlined in red are hot spots for growth.

  1. https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-decades-of-progress-america-backslides-on-heart-disease-11561129106
  2. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-05-heart-failure-deaths-younger-adults.html
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/health/cancer-cardiovascular-death-rates-report/index.html
  4. https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2019/heart-disease-cancer-death-rates.html
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

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