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Health Agencies Update
March 15, 2000

Map of the Human Heart

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JAMA. 2000;283(11):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1413-JHA00001-4-1

A woman's risk of dying from heart disease depends in part on geography, according to the first national study of heart disease in women by region, race, and ethnic origin.

Women and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality, released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows persistent regional, racial, and ethnic disparities in cardiac mortality among different groups of women in the United States. The atlas's maps of local economic resources, social isolation of older women, and availability of health care resources also provide useful information about underlying community characteristics that can influence women's heart health.

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