Top 25 States with the Unhealthiest Hearts

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Heart disease is no stranger to the American public, as it has remained the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. for decades. According to the American Heart Association, about 2,150 Americans die each day from heart disease, totaling an alarming one death every 40 seconds. Heart disease is influenced by many factors, including diet, smoking, exercise, stress and weight. States with the poorest heart heath also have a reputation for poor nutritional choices, higher rates of smoking and lack of physical activity.

In 2008, the Framingham Heart Study introduced the concept of “heart age”. Heart age is the calculated age of a person’s heart based on their habits and medical history. For example, a 50-year-old man who is overweight and has a high-stress job will have an older heart than a 50-year-old man who exercises regularly and has a balanced diet. Comparing the age of a person’s heart to their actual age is a novel way for doctors to figure out how likely someone is to develop heart disease. The CDC recently released a report on where in the United States people have hearts that are older than they are.

Using data from the CDC on excess heart age, smoking rates, and obesity prevalence, HealthGrove figured out which states have the least healthy hearts. Excess heart age is defined as the percentage of men and women who have hearts that are five or more years older than they are.

#25. Florida

Mohmed Althani / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 49.7%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 37.2%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 16.8%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 26.4%

#24. Nevada

Bert Kaufmann / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 49.8%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 37%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 19.4%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 26.2%

#23. Texas

Ed Schipul / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 49.8%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 39.9%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 15.9%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 30.9%

#22. Georgia

joiseyshowaa / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 49.9%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 43.9%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 18.8%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 30.3%

#21. Pennsylvania

Rob Shenk / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 50%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 41.3%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 21%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 30%

#20. Rhode Island

Doug Kerr / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 50.1%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 37.3%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 17.4%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 27.3%

#19. Maine

James Jordan / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 50.5%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 37.2%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 20.2%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 28.9%

#18. Kansas

Garett Gabriel / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 50.6%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 39.1%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 20%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 30%

#17. North Dakota

Jonathan Miske / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 51%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 36.8%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 21.2%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 31%

#16. Illinois

Bert Kaufmann / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 51.4%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 38.8%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 18%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 29.4%

#15. North Carolina

James Willamor / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 52.5%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 42.9%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 20.3%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 29.4%

#14. Missouri

Ron Reiring / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 52.8%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 43%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 22.1%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 30.4%

#13. Ohio

Laszlo Ilyes / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 53.5%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 41.5%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 23.4%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 30.4%

#12. Delaware

Jeffrey / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 53.8%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 42.1%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 19.6%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 31.1%

#11. Michigan

James / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 54.3%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 39.5%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 21.4%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 31.5%

#10. Indiana

Nick / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 54.8%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 43%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 21.9%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 31.8%

#9. Oklahoma

Thomas & Dianne Jones / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 56.3%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 46.1%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 23.7%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 32.5%

#8. South Carolina

John Walsh / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 56.9%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 46.8%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 22%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 31.7%

#7. Arkansas

Cliff / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 57%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 49%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 25.9%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 34.6%

#6. Tennessee

Klobetime / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 57.8%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 47.5%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 24.3%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 33.7%

#5. Alabama

James Willamor / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 59%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 48.9%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 21.5%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 32.4%

#4. Louisiana

finchlake2000 / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 60.1%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 50.2%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 23.5%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 33.1%

#3. Kentucky

The Pug Father / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 60.8%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 48.3%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 26.5%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 33.2%

#2. West Virginia

Nicolas Raymond / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 60.9%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 49.2%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 27.3%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 35.1%

#1. Mississippi

faungg / Flickr Commons

Men With Poor Heart Health: 61%
Women With Poor Heart Health: 52.1%
Tobacco Smoking Rate in Adults: 24.8%
Obesity Rate in Adults: 35.1%

States With the Healthiest Hearts

 

This article was written by Melanie Lashbrook from Business2Community and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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