Heart disease is the number one killer on this continent, and in Appalachia the numbers are even worse.
The Centers for Disease Control says that men and women living in Appalachia, on average, are 20% more likely to die of heart disease. To address this dangerous issue, medical professionals and officials from all 13 Appalachian states are meeting in Charleston, WV right now in order to discuss the problem and create, "an Appalachian Cardiovascular Health Network that will be dedicated to ongoing efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of people in the region."
Understanding exactly how our Appalachian culture and heritage relates to cardiovascular health will be key in reversing the trends in heart disease here. From there, it is vital that we educate the people of this region on the dangerous habits that are killing us at an alarming rate.
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