EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — While the victor of this year’s rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State must still be decided, Wolverine country has already won when it comes to heart health.
Ann Arbor tied Boulder, Colorado for the top spot on a recent Gallup-Healthways well-being survey. Both communities had the lowest rate of heart attacks, with approximately 1.3 percent of surveyed adults experiencing the condition in their lifetime.
Both communities have earned top marks on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index since 2008. However, Boulder outscored Ann Arbor with lower rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity, which are risk factors for heart attack.
A total of 190 communities were included in the 2015 rankings.
Communities with lowest heart attack rates
- Boulder, Colorado (1.3 percent)
- Ann Arbor, MI (1.3 percent)
- Tallahassee, FL (1.5 percent)
- Provo-Orem, UT (1.6 percent)
- Austin-Round Rock, TX (1.8 percent)
The Kalamazoo-Portage area came in at No. 11, with a heart attack rate of 2.2 percent. The Grand Rapids-Wyoming area ranked 22nd, with 2.5 percent of surveyed adults suffering a heart attack at some point in their lives.
Despite its recent water crisis, Flint ranked 129th, above the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area (No. 139) with heart attack rates of 4.5 percent and 4.7 percent respectively.
At No. 157, the Lansing-East Lansing area came in last among all Michigan cities included in the survey, with a heart attack rate of 5 percent.
Communities with highest heart attack rates
- Charleston, WV (8.8 percent)
- Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL (7.9 percent)
- Duluth, MN-WI (7.7 percent)
- Huntington-Ashland, WV,KY,OH (7.7 percent)
- Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA (7.4 percent)
Gallup-Healthways said its rankings were based on 353,983 cellphone and landline interviews conducted between Jan. 2, 2014 and Dec. 30, 2015.