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Heart Disease Leading Cause of Death on Delmarva

Posted: 11/08/2017 20:38:00 -05:00 Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- A website shows the leading causes of death in the U.S., county by county. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's site, the leading cause of death for Delmarva's counties is heart disease. 

All you have to do is search by county, and the results are there.

Dr. Steven Hearn, director of the cardiovascular department at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, said of the CDC's findings, "Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the whole United States...certainly in areas like Delmarva, especially in rural areas, like Delmarva, bad health habits, it's not surprising." 

Since heart disease and its mortality rate are so prevalent, WBOC visited the gym. 

Randy Slacum is a heart patient who has dealt with heart issues for a few years now. 

His healthy heart strategy is pretty simple. 

"Exercise, exercise, exercise, we do walk the off days and come here. We exercise seven days a week," Slacum said.

According to the CDC, heart disease is more prevalent to men than women. 

But more particularly, African Americans are at a higher risk. 

Marshal Beacot, an African American man,  is living with heart problems. He said this data compels him to workout even more.

Cancer and cerebrovascular disease are also leading causes of death on Delmarva, according to the CDC. 


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