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Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States, but mortality rates have been dropping since the 1960s (though not evenly across the country). A new report might cause one's heart to skip a beat: From 2000 to 2011, the CDC says the age-adjusted heart disease death rate declined 4% per year but only 1% per year from 2011 to 2019.

Areas with least improvement over the last decade were primarily in the Midwest and South. So, while death rates fell 14% over the last decade in New York, they actually climbed 6% in Arkansas.

Mark Your Calendar

January is awareness month for Alzheimer's disease, cervical health, glaucoma, birth defects prevention and thyroids. Did we mention it is awareness month for Alzheimer's?

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8 in 10: At least 80% of adults in the U.S. made a doctor visit in the past year.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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