Forrest, Kimberly Y. Z.; Hannam, Susan E.; Leeds, Marcy J.
March 2011
American Journal of Health Studies;2011, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p10
Academic Journal
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Unhealthy lifestyles contribute to the development of heart disease. Rural populations often have disadvantages in achieving good health. This study evaluated the prevalence of heart disease and associated risk factors in rural versus urban residents of Pennsylvania by analyzing the data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Compared to urban residents, rural residents were found to have a significantly higher prevalence of heart disease, and a greater likelihood of having unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Health education programs to promote healthy lifestyle choices among rural populations are urgently needed.


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