Heart attack death rates plummet

Virginia’s overall heart attack mortality rates have decreased for the 10th year in a row, first lady Maureen McDonnell announced as state officials participated in the inaugural “Capitol Feats” walk to promote healthy habits that prevent heart disease.

She said the state’s heart attack mortality rates have fallen by 45 percent from 2000 to 2009.

“Prevention is a key component to fighting heart disease. Maintaining a healthy diet and physically active lifestyle are among several ways to win the battle against one of our greatest health threats,” McDonnell said.

She spoke before her husband, Gov. Bob McDonnell, and members of the General Assembly walked around Capitol Square on Friday. Participants in the event were “demonstrating a commitment to improving their own health and wellness,” the first lady said.

The two biggest contributors to heart disease or strokes are high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley.

Nationwide, she said, “Nearly 68 million adults have high blood pressure, but half do not have it under control. It is important that screening for these conditions become part of our routine health care prevention activities.”

Gov. McDonnell agreed.

“Across the nation, heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 adults each year,” he said. “But in Virginia, our hard work to prevent this disease from taking lives is clearly evident as 1,872 fewer Virginians died from heart attacks this year compared to 2000.”
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It’s a great weekend to get outside! The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is offering two events this weekend. Accompany the group to find and document native plants present and blooming in Echo Lake Park on Saturday or take a “Sunday Stroll” at Dorey Park to observe the seasonal changes taking place. Other outdoor events this weekend include the final summer concert at West Broad Village and “Fridays on the Patio” at James River Cellars Winery in Glen Allen. If you’re going to be outside, don’t forget the insect repellent! To learn more about avoiding those pesky mosquitos, check out Henrico County’s “Fight-the-Bite TODAY” event tomorrow. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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