Heart disease No. 1 killer in region

A new study has revealed the major causes of death for counties across the country and analyzed death records from the National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System. The records included data on more than 80 million U.S. deaths that occurred from 1980 through 2014.

The No. 1 killer in Lee, Scott, and Wise counties in Virginia during those years was cardiovascular disease.

In Lee County, 354 people out of 100,000 died from cardiovascular disease, while the rate in Wise County was 342 and in Scott County 314.

Preventative steps to reduce the risk of heart disease include not smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet, consuming alcohol only in moderation and receiving sufficient rest.

Those with relatives who have had heart disease should consider receiving a calcium scoring test to evaluate their risk, as high calcium levels may indicate the need to consult a cardiologist.

Other top 10 killers for the area include tumors; neurological disorders; chronic respiratory disease; diabetes, urogential, blood and endocrine disease; diarrhea, lower respiratory, and other common infectious diseases; self-harm and interpersonal violence; cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases; transport injuries; and mental and substance abuse disorders.



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