Heart Health Remains Serious Concern

Data featured by The Hartford Courant in a front page wrap-around section supported by Hartford Healthcare reported that the American Heart Association considers Connecticut to be "a comparatively heart-healthy state."  Nonetheless, cardiovascular disease remains a major health issues, as reflected in the numbers:

  • 6,209 deaths in CT from heart disease in 2008 (down from 7,289 in 2007)
  • 25% of deaths in CT were attributed to heart disease in 2009 (Cancer was second, at 24%)

Data also indicated that 37.8% of CT adults have high cholesterol, 26.6% have high blood pressure, and 21.4 % are obese.

The good news?  79.3% of CT adults report participating in a physical activity in the past month, compared with 76% nationwide.