It was a month ago today that St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead of heart problems in his Chicago hotel room. And, awareness of heart health seems to have been heightened as a result of the Kile death. Deaths from heart disease dropped in Missouri by more than 5-percent from 2000 to 2001 and Health Department officials would like to see that trend continue. The Department’s Diana Hawkins hopes the Kile death reminds some people of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and those at riskof the importance of dealing with an ailment. Hawkins says many Missourians simply are not getting the health careattention they need. Anyone at risk, or just curious about heart or other health issues, is advised to talk with his or her doctor.
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