Cities That Can Help Save Your Heart

Published May 29, 2008

Posted May 29, 2008 – Does where you live determine your heart disease risk? Apparently so, according to the American heart Association, which just released its lists of the 10 best and 10 worst cities for women’s hearts.

If you’ve just graduated and you’re considering several cities in which to work, take a look at the heart-healthy cities list to consider what urban areas offer the best amenities to help you live a healthier lifestyle. On the other hand, you’ll also want to know what cities have some work to do in that regard.

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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, particularly African-American women, who have a 49-percent chance of dying from the disease; White women have a 35-percent risk.

“When we consider that African-American women have higher death rates from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases than White women, it is vital that they take action to reduce their personal risk,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, American Heart Association national spokeswoman.

“With this study, the American Heart Association is helping to build heart health awareness across the country so all women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer and that they can be heart healthy no matter where they live,” says Mieres, who is featured on the May 2008 cover of Black Enterprise magazine as one of “America’s Leading Doctors.”

To come up with the list, researchers weight the rate of obesity, smoking, heart attacks and overall heath. 

Based on the heart-friendly benefits cities have to offer their residents and the personal lifestyle choices of its residents, Go Red For Women and Best Places ranked the top cities as follows:

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington
  2. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.
  3. San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland
  4. Denver-Aurora, Colo.
  5. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.

The five least heart-healthy cities are:

  1. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  2. St. Louis
  3.  Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich.
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas.

For the complete list, and to find out if you are putting yourself at risk for heart disease, go to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women site.

Written by BET-Staff

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