Ala. 2nd in heart disease, stroke deaths

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The State of Alabama is at the top of several bad lists when it comes to personal health. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Alabama ranks second highest for death rates of heart disease and stroke. It follows only two other states when it comes to kidney disease.

Alabama is also higher than all national rates for the top 10 causes of death.

There is some good news, however. The Center reports a drop in age-adjusted death rates for eight of the ten causes of death between 2005 and 2006 including a 7.4 percent drop in heart disease death rates.

The Center also monitors such things at preterm births, in which category Alabama ranks third highest in the nation. The data suggests the state's percentage of births to unmarried mothers is below the national average, however.

State comparison rates are available at the NCHS website at

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