The American Heart Association just recently conducted a survey to find the top “heart-friendly” cities for women.

The top ten on the list are:

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

The 10 least heart-friendly cities are:

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

The study focused on the 200 largest metro areas in the United States, which are home to nearly 75% of the nation’s population. The research analyzed 22 factors for each location including smoking, obesity, cardiac mortality rate and regular exercise amongst women.

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