To determine the states with the most heart disease, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the share of residents 18 or older who ever had a major cardiovascular disease — including angina, coronary heart disease, a heart attack, or a stroke — as of 2018, the latest year for which data is available, with data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Also from the CDC BRFSS, we reviewed the share of adults who had coronary disease and at least one episode of heart attack as of 2018. Population and median household income figures are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 one-year American Community Survey.
Health outcomes and unhealthy behaviors such as obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, and age-adjusted premature mortality rate came from the 2020 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a joint program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The premature mortality rate is defined as the number of deaths under the age of 75 per 100,000 people.
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