Monday, July 4, 2011

5th in the US for stroke deaths, South Carolina may also rank high for memory impairment

High infant mortality is not a thing of the past in South Carolina. The State currently ranks 6th highest in the Nation for infant deaths according to the US Census. Its time to take a stand on behalf of Russell Dill, buried in a neglected Spartanburg, SC cemetary and all past and present victims of failed conservative health policies.
Along with residents of other States in the stroke belt (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Texas and Missouri) all of which happen to dominated by conservative "Red" politics, South Carolinians may also be suffering from increased rates of mental impairment and other forms of cognitive decline. For details read the New York Times Article here.

With 53.34 deaths per hundred thousand, South Carolina ranks 5th in the US for stroke deaths according to the statistics furnished by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

South Carolina 8th most obese state in the USA
In a related story, South Carolina ranks 8th in the US for obesity. With nearly 31% of the population suffering from a health problem that translates into heart disease, diabetes and many other serious and expensive problems.

In fact South Carolina is:
No. 7 in the U.S. for diabetes.
No. 10 in the U.S. for high blood pressure (hypertension)
No. 30 in the U.S. for physical exercise

South Carolinians need health insurance and health education to help with high incidences of stroke, HIV and other health problems
South Carolina ranks 13th from the bottom in the number of people with health insurance (US Census).

So why would South Carolina conservatives like Jim Demint and Nikki Haley trash "Obamacare", consider privatizing the State health insurance exchange and endorse huge cuts to Medicaid under those circumstances?

Poor health: a fact of life in Jim Demint's South Carolina
South Carolina teen pregnancies, HIV and AIDS
Elderly and dying face Medicaid cuts in South Carolina
Senator Demint trashes Medicare
More on South Carolina's uninsured

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