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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Va. heart attack death rates fall

By Associated Press

Virginia's overall heart-attack mortality rates have fallen for the 10th straight year.

State figures show that 1,872 fewer Virginians died from heart attacks in 2009 compared to 2000, or a 45 percent decrease. Mortality rates for women decreased by 49 percent, and the disparity between heart-attack rates between black and white women fell from 22 percent to 1 percent over the same period.

State officials recognized the trend Friday by highlighting the connection between staying active and cardiovascular health.

First lady Maureen McDonnell led General Assembly members, health officials, state employees and others on a "Capitol Feats" walk around Capitol Square to stress heart-attack prevention.

Virginia Department of Health Commissioner Karen Remley said exercise and eating healthy foods are among several ways to improve health and wellness. High blood pressure and cholesterol are the major factors leading to heart disease and stroke, so it's vital that people get routine screenings for such conditions.

Remley said the gathering aimed to raise awareness about heart health among Virginians, and shows that health pracitioners have made prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease a top priority.

By Associated Press  | February 25, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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