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The condition of your heart could be a reflection of the neighbourhood you live in.

An American study has found people who live in areas with access to grocery stores, healthy food, parks and a pleasant walking environment, are more likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health.

"This study demonstrates the importance of where we live," said researcher Erin Unger from the Northwestern University in Illinois.

"Our neighbourhood can play a significant role in our health."

The study included more than 6000 people whose cardiovascular risk profile was compared with their neighbourhood characteristics, such as access to favourable food stores and recreational facilities and resources.

The West Australian

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