Twelve states with the country's worst heart disease death rates, based on deaths per 100,000 population. Information from National Center for Health Statistics.

New York _ 135.9

Oklahoma _ 120.2

Missouri _ 120.1

Arkansas _ 118.8

Kentucky _ 116.7

West Virginia _ 116.1

Indiana _ 113.1

Tennessee _ 113.1

Louisiana _ 111.7

Ohio _ 111.3

Michigan _ 109.3

Illinois _ 108.4

Average _ 116.2

(Nine of the 12 _ Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, Ohio and Illinois _ border the Ohio or Mississippi rivers. A 10th, New York, lies in the Hudson River Valley.)