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April 6, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(14):1363-1364. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810140063018

The report by Hedley1 on the mortality from heart disease among young persons in the United States merits attention, because it would seem to confirm occasional reports2 in the literature of a downward trend in the mortality from heart disease among young people. The report is based on information abstracted from the official mortality statistics of the U. S. Bureau of the Census, and the data cover the death rates from heart disease among persons from 5 to 24 years of age. A study of the data reveals that in every section of the country and in every state in which statistics were obtained there was a decline in the mean annual death rate from heart disease in 1930-1936 as compared with 1922-1929. The decline was often considerable. Thus, in Massachusetts the decrease amounted to about 36 per cent, while in several states the decline was over 30

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