Kentucky is partnering with 13 other states to study heart disease and stroke.
Kentucky Public Health Commissioner, Dr. William Hacker said the state should learn more about the underlying causes of the problem through joining the network.
Hacker also said they hope to start reversing the trend.
Studies show residents of the Appalachian states are 20 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular problems than people who live elsewhere in the United States.
Kentucky’s issues are similar to those of the other states, including poverty, access to health care and lack of physical activity.