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American Heart Association Ranks America's Most Heart Friendly Cities for Women
Date:5/19/2008

Go Red For Women study recognizes Minneapolis-St. Paul, DC and San Francisco as Most Heart Friendly For Women

DALLAS, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, may hit closer to home than many realize. Today, the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement released a study, conducted by Sperling's BestPlaces, revealing the nation's 10 most - and least - heart friendly cities for women. Minneapolis-St. Paul took the title of Most Heart Friendly City For Women with the lowest cardiac mortality rate for women, low hypertension rates and highest exercise rates. Nashville, on the other hand, finished at the bottom of the rankings with high obesity and smoking rates.

Based on the heart friendly benefits cities have to offer their residents and the personal lifestyle choices of its residents, Go Red For Women and BestPlaces found the following Heart Friendly rankings:

Most Heart friendly Cities for Women

1. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN

2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC

3. San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, CA

4. Denver-Aurora, CO

5. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA

6. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

7. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR

8. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

10. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Least Heart friendly Cities for Women

1. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN

2. St. Louis, MO

3. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

4. Pittsburgh, PA

5. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

6. Columbus, OH

7. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH

8. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

9. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

10. Indianapolis, IN

"Go Red For Women engaged in this study to help women better understand how personal health and environmental risk factors influence heart disease," said Mary Ann Bauman, MD, American Heart Association national spokes
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