Worst Cities for US Heart Health

Hopefully you don’t live in any of these cities. If you do, watch your lifestyle carefully. Here’s what they did:

We began with death rates for heart disease and then factored in big clues to cardiac woes: the number of people who smoke, don’t exercise, or are overweight or obese, along with the number who have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol (all data from the CDC). Next we checked how many households floss (inflammation from gum disease can contribute to heart risks) and take cholesterol-lowering meds (SimplyMap). Finally, we included EPA stats on the number of bad-air days. Here are the 10 cities that fell at the bottom of our rankings


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  • Julie Bernstein

    Happy to see that my city, San Francisco, is at the top of the heart-healthy list!

  • That’s fantastic! Congrats. 🙂

  • VeggieSue

    Mine only rated a C grade. And that’s *after* all the factories and oil refineries left a few decades ago! Now it’s a lot of chemical plants and shipping industries (big ships, big trucks).

    Imagine how bad it was back when I was a kid in the 1950’s in the heyday of industry around here! Is it any wonder there was so much asthma, emphysema and lung cancer around here?

    • Yeah, it’s amazing what we’re doing (and what we’ve already done) to the planet. I’m still unhappy with the whole arsnic in the rice deal. Ugh.