|Colorado boasts third-lowest death rate for preventable heart disease|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Colorado had the third-lowest death rate in the nation for preventable heart disease, stroke and hypertensive disease, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six of the 10 counties with the lowest preventable death rates nationwide in 2008-10 were in Colorado.
In 2010, there were 2,041 preventable deaths from heart disease, stroke and hypertensive disease in Colorado—an age-adjusted rate of 39.9 per 100,000 people. This represents a 3.9 percent decrease per year since 2001, when the age-adjusted preventable death rate was 57.0.
Joni Reynolds, director of public health programs at the department, said, “Coloradans continue to be among the healthiest people in the nation. Yet, there is more that can be done. Community and public health leaders can help prevent more deaths from heart disease and stroke by promoting a healthy environment, free from tobacco smoke with safe places to walk and easy access to healthy foods that are low in sodium.”
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