WebMD Medical News
Laura J. Martin, MD
Oct. 13, 2011 -- The CDC says that the overall rate of coronary heart disease in the U.S. is on the decline, dropping from 6.7% in 2006 to 6% in 2010.
But the rates of coronary heart disease vary widely by state of residence, sex, race, and educational levels, the CDC says in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Coronary heart disease is more common among men, people who have less than a high school education, or who live in the South.
The highest declines were found among young people, women, Asians, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders, and college graduates.
Among other key findings:
Results of the study were based on data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys for 2006-2010.
The CDC says the deaths due to coronary heart disease have declined continuously in the past half century, due in part to improvements in treatment and a reduction in risk factors, such as the number of people who use tobacco.
Here are the states with the highest rates of coronary heart disease, based on 2010 data:
Here are the states (plus Washington, D.C.) with the lowest rates of coronary heart disease:
SOURCE:Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 14, 2011.
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