Nashville named ‘least heart friendly’ large city for women
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The American Heart Association has named greater Nashville the “Least Heart Friendly City for Women” in the country.
A study released on Monday looks at more than 20 factors that affect heart health, including obesity and cardiac death rates to the number of fast-food restaurants per person.
The Nashville area studied includes Davidson County and Murfreesboro. It ranked worst among areas with more than 1.45 million people.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America, responsible for 460,000 deaths a year.
Dr. Keith Churchwell is the executive medical director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.
He said lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol use and diet are usually just as important as family history in determining who will get heart disease.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Published in The Messenger 5.21.08