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Study: Where you live can impact your risk of heart disease

A new study in JAMA Cardiology says when it comes to beating heart disease, where you live might matter. (WKRC File)

CLEVELAND (WKRC) - A new study in JAMA Cardiology says when it comes to beating heart disease, where you live might matter.

As part of this study, researchers looked at heart disease across the United States. Cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic say what they found was pretty remarkable.

People in Minnestoa were the healthiest, but many other states weren't as lucky.

When reviewing information over a 26-year time period on heart disease, researchers say while overall deaths from heart problems are down, life expectancy had the least improvement and has slowed down in many other states, including Indiana and Kentucky.

Researchers also discovered the number deaths from heart disease among women saw a slower decline than men over this time. They noted that about 80 percent of the heart disease risk could be attributed to lifestyle habits we can control.

They suggest eating a heart-healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, staying active and not smoking can make a difference. Seeing a doctor for blood pressure and other heart checks might also up survival odds.

It's possible that everything from weather to local diets can make a difference. Since you can't likely move, it's suggested we work at being as active as people who live in warmer climates.

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