County has low coronary heart disease rate |

County has low coronary heart disease rate

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

This is heart-warming news.

Coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death for Americans, is relatively low in El Dorado County compared to surrounding counties and the state average, according to a health report.

Heart disease occurs when the coronary arteries become narrowed or clogged resulting in a lack of blood to the heart. Clogged arteries come from high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and cigarette smoking.

The 2002 Health Status of El Dorado County cited the county ranking 23rd among California’s 58 counties in coronary heart disease deaths in 1999 to 2000.

Part of the reason why the county experiences low heart disease deaths is active people. El Dorado County has the reputation as a recreational haven for skiers, boaters, hikers, mountain bikers and more.

“They are more active, less sedentary people,” said Glenn Neufeld, a registered nurse with Marshall Hospital’s heart failure program. “They’re not a bunch of couch potatoes. Being a rural community, it may be that people tend to be a little more active. Sometimes the mailbox is a 100 yards away and not on the porch.

Neufeld was surprised by El Dorado’s numbers since the county has an above-average population of seniors that flock to the area for retirement.

However, even though El Dorado County had 160 deaths related to heart disease from 1999 to 2000, which was the lowest compared to three surrounding counties, heart disease remains the leading cause of death.

The county health report stated regular exercise, good nutrition and a cease or decrease in smoking as avenues to control the risk for heart disease.

For more information, or to view the county health report, visit the El Dorado County website at and click on the link.

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