Good heart health is important for maintaining overall health and wellness, and a new study ranks Tennessee residents near the bottom of the list for heart health.

One Person Dies Every 33 Minutes in America Because of Heart Disease

February is National Heart Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every 5 deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease and one person dies every 33 minutes because of it. More than 800,000 people in America have a heart attack every year.

<p> </p><p>In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. - CDC</p>
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A recent study conducted by Forbes Health, looked at a number of factors for Americans and ranked each state based on its overall heart health while looking at factors like frequency of exercise, obesity rates, and alcohol consumption, as well as the mortality rates for heart disease and stroke.

The Top 5 States for Heart Health

Colorado takes first place for heart health in the country with the highest number of people who exercise, according to the study. Massachusetts takes second place with the lowest stroke mortality rate in the country and the second-lowest instance of smoking. New Hampshire, Utah, and Connecticut round out the top 5 states for heart health in the nation.

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The State With the Least Healthy Hearts - Tennessee Ranks 3rd

Poor heart health can lead to a whole host of health concerns. The study ranks Tennessee as third for worst heart health in the country. The data reveals that there is a high population of smokers in Tennessee, and the study notes the high number of hours worked which can drive stress and lead to poor heart health.

The State With the Worst Heart Health in America

Arkansas and Mississippi ranked the worst for heart health in the United States claiming the number one and number two spots, respectively. The mortality rate for coronary heart disease in Arkansas is the highest in the country, and the state scored a zero out of 100 for heart health in the Forbes Health study.

Ways to Improve Heart Health

The American Heart Association recommends that you eat smart to help improve your heart health. Keep scrolling to read ten tips they suggest for good cardiovascular health.

[Source: Forbes Health]

Ten Tips From the Amarican Heart Association to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

Maintaining good heart health is so incredibly important to living a long, and healthy life. Keep reading to learn ten tips from the American Heart Association to improve your cardiovascular health.

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