This State Has the Worst Heart Health in America, According to Data

This state has the highest rate of heart disease, CDC data shows.

While the pandemic has been the most pressing health issue over the last year, that doesn't mean other serious health conditions and diseases are any less of a threat to our well-being. Heart disease, for example, is still the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, recent data from the CDC and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) estimate about 15,334,000 Americans suffer from coronary heart disease, the most common—yet preventable—form of the condition.

With poor heart health being such a serious problem in the U.S., we wanted to see where exactly the condition runs most rampant. To do this, we used the CDC and NIH data on the number of residents in each state who have coronary heart disease and population data from the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate cases of coronary heart disease per capita (or, per 100,000 residents in each state). We included both figures below, but ranked the states based on the per capita rate in each state. Read on to discover the state with the worst heart health in America, and for a way to measure your risk, check out If You Can't Do This in 90 Seconds, Your Heart Is in Danger, Study Says.

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Utah

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Residents with heart disease: 89,000

Heart disease per capita: 2,776.08

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Alaska

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Residents with heart disease: 22,000

Heart disease per capita: 3,007.33

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Colorado

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Residents with heart disease: 180,000

Heart disease per capita: 3,125.69

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California

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Residents with heart disease: 1,423,000

Heart disease per capita: 3,601.42

And for one of the ways you can tell if your ticker is in trouble, check out If You Have This Issue With Your Eyes, Your Heart Disease Risk Is High.

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Connecticut

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Residents with heart disease: 131,000

Heart disease per capita: 3,674.32

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Maryland

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Residents with heart disease: 234,000

Heart disease per capita: 3,870.53

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Hawaii

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Residents with heart disease: 55,000

Heart disease per capita: 3,884.53

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Minnesota

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Residents with heart disease: 232,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,113.74

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New Mexico

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Residents with heart disease: 88,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,196.81

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Wisconsin

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Residents with heart disease: 245,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,207.86

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Texas

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Residents with heart disease: 1,237,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,266.12

And for what you can do to prevent becoming one of these statistics, check out This Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Heart Health Right Now.

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Washington

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Residents with heart disease: 327,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,294.22

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Nebraska

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Residents with heart disease: 84,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,342.41

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Virginia

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Residents with heart disease: 372,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,358.26

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Illinois

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Residents with heart disease: 558,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,403.47

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North Dakota

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Residents with heart disease: 34,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,461.58

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New Hampshire

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Residents with heart disease: 61,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,486.25

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Wyoming

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Residents with heart disease: 26,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,492.37

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Kansas

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Residents with heart disease: 134,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,599.57

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Idaho

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Residents with heart disease: 83,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,644.49

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New York

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Residents with heart disease: 913,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,693.23

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New Jersey

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Residents with heart disease: 420,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,728.56

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Iowa

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Residents with heart disease: 150,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,754.25

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Oregon

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Residents with heart disease: 203,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,813.01

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Rhode Island

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Residents with heart disease: 51,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,814.22

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Massachusetts

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Residents with heart disease: 332,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,816.83

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Georgia

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Residents with heart disease: 515,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,850.52

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Arizona

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Residents with heart disease: 356,000

Heart disease per capita: 4,890.97

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South Dakota

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Residents with heart disease: 45,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,086.71

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Pennsylvania

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Residents with heart disease: 667,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,210.13

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North Carolina

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Residents with heart disease: 548,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,224.98

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Montana

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Residents with heart disease: 56,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,239.63

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Michigan

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Residents with heart disease: 528,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,286.95

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Louisiana

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Residents with heart disease: 253,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,442.27

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Delaware

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Residents with heart disease: 53,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,442.80

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Vermont

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Residents with heart disease: 34,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,448.81

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Indiana

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Residents with heart disease: 370,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,495.96

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Nevada

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Residents with heart disease: 170,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,519.20

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Florida

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Residents with heart disease: 1,202,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,596.49

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Missouri

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Residents with heart disease: 352,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,735.30

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Ohio

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Residents with heart disease: 677,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,791.72

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South Carolina

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Residents with heart disease: 299,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,807.28

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Tennessee

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Residents with heart disease: 407,000

Heart disease per capita: 5,959.73

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Mississippi

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Residents with heart disease: 181,000

Heart disease per capita: 6,081.68

6
Oklahoma

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Residents with heart disease: 244,000

Heart disease per capita: 6,166.33

5
Alabama

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Residents with heart disease: 316,000

Heart disease per capita: 6,444.79

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Maine

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Residents with heart disease: 87,000

Heart disease per capita: 6,472.19

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Kentucky

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Residents with heart disease: 307,000

Heart disease per capita: 6,871.59

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Arkansas

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Residents with heart disease: 209,000

Heart disease per capita: 6,925.57

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West Virginia

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Residents with heart disease: 168,000

Heart disease per capita: 9,374.23

And for more on where in the U.S. there's a different kind of risk, check out This Is the Most Dangerous Small Town in America, According to Data.

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