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Original Contribution
June 8, 1964

Unusually Low Incidence of Death From Myocardial Infarction: Study of an Italian American Community in Pennsylvania

Author Affiliations

Oklahoma City
From the Neurocardiology Research Program of the Department of Medicine (Dr. Stout, Dr. Morrow, and Dr. Wolf), the Biostatistical Unit and Medical Research Computer Center of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Dr. Brandt), from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

JAMA. 1964;188(10):845-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060360005001

An unusually low death rate from myocardial infarction, less than half that of the surrounding communities, was observed in the Italian-American community of Roseto, Pa, during the seven-year period from 1955 to 1961. The low death rate, observed in both sexes, was particularly striking among the males. There were no deaths of either sex under the age of 47 recorded from myocardial infarction during the study. Whether the relative freedom of Rosetans from death from myocardial infarction is related to their way of life or to genetic or ethnic factors remains to be determined. It would seem, however, that in this community, obesity and a generous consumption of calories, fat, and wine were actually associated with a strikingly low death rate from myocardial infarction.

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