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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