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Editorial
May 16, 2017

Cardiovascular Mortality Differences—Place Matters

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 3Office of the Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA. 2017;317(19):1955-1957. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4168

The substantial decline in death rates from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in the United States represents one of the greatest biomedical research and public health achievements of the 20th century.1,2 For example, the age-adjusted death rate for heart disease in 2015 (168.5 per 100 000) represented a nearly 70% reduction compared with rates 50 years earlier (542.5 per 100 000).3

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