CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Residents of Appalachia are 20 percent more likely to die from heart disease than other Americans, and
researchers want to know why.
Doctors, specialists and historians from West Virginia and
eleven of the 12 other Appalachian states are meeting in Charleston
today and tomorrow to find answers.
Governor Manchin told the delegates this morning that the whole
region has to be willing to change to address the problem. Other
speakers said common factors like poverty and lack of health care
probably contribute to the high rates of heart disease here.
The first ever Appalachian Cardiovascular Health Guide in Action
Summit is designed to result in the creation of a regional network
overseen by the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Nationally, heart disease is expected to cost the U-S more than
248 (b) billion dollars in 2007.
The summit is sponsored by the American Heart Association, the
West Virginia Cardiovascular Health Program and the C-D-C.
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