Albany -- The number one killer in Georgia is cardiovascular disease. Heart disease causes one third of the deaths in this state.
Cardiovascular disease includes all diseases of the heart and blood vessels. That includes strokes, hypertension and hardening and narrowing of the arteries.
The numbers are high in Georgia due to our lifestyle and low income levels.
"We have high obesity rates. We have high usage of tobacco," said SouthWest District Health Director, Dr. Jacqueline Grant. "So all of those things when you contribute and put them all together creates this perfect storm if you will of cardiovascular disease."
The state and the local counties do have programs to help combat heart disease.
The Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention Program is available for those who cannot afford private care.