Kentucky Joins Other States in Heart Disease and Stroke Study

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A public health network of 13 Appalachian states, including Kentucky, are targeting high rates of heart disease and stroke for study and action.

Kentucky public health commissioner, Dr. William Hacker, says Kentucky should learn more about the underlying causes of the problem through joining the network. He says the state will partner with other agencies to share resources and start reversing the heart disease and stroke trend in Appalachia.

Studies show residents of the Appalachian states are 20 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular problems than people who live elsewhere in the United States.

Kentucky's issues are similar to those in other Appalachian states, including poverty, access to health care, lack of physical activity, high rates of smoking and traditional unhealthy diets.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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