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Only 3% in U.S. report ideal heart health

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: December 20, 2012 - 12:10 PM

Only 3 percent of Americans reported having ideal heart health and 10 percent reported having poor heart health in a new study.

The study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control, is the first to assess cardiovascular health at the state level.

The results of the study were based on data from a 2009 telephone survey of more than 350,000 in the 50 states and the District in which researchers collected information about seven heart health factors.

Information was collected about their blood pressure, total cholesterol, smoking, body mass index, diabetes, physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables.

The study found that the three most heart healthy populations reside in D.C., Vermont and Virginia.

The least heart healthy states, according to the study, are Mississippi, West Virginia and Oklahoma, which — with only 1.2 percent of the population demonstrating ideal heart health — came in last.

Researchers hope the study will help the CDC focus efforts on heart disease and stroke prevention programs.

Read more from the American Heart Association.

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