CDC: People in southeast at higher risk of developing heart disease
Posted on 2/9/2015 4:06:00 AM.
A new CDC study shows that Americans who live in the southeast, between the ages of 30 and 74, are at a higher risk of developing heart disease over the next 10 years than people in other parts of the country.   Bruce Johnson, a heart attack survivor and heart health advocate, says the death rate from heart disease in Louisiana is particularly high.

"Nearly 250 people from Louisiana, of all races, per 100,000 are dying from cardiovascular disease per year.  It's higher for African-Americans."

Among African-Americans, that figure rises to 266.  Johnson says, for many, lifestyle changes can lead to better heart health.  He says a lot of heart health issues have to do with lack of exercise and diet.

"You got to incorporate some fruit and vegetables into our diet and, maybe, cut back on the meats, the fats, and the starches

Johnson says 40-percent of African-American males in the south have high blood pressure which leads to heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.  He says if your family has a history of cardiovascular disease, then you are at high risk.  Johnson says it's a good idea to go to your doctor and get a check-up.

"If you've got your health, you've got a shot.  If you've got your health, you've got options.  You can do anything and everything.  But if you don't have your heath, we're having a different kind of conversation." 
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