In this issue of JAMA Cardiology, Berman and colleagues1 examined data from 2 major academic hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts, and found that despite receiving initial care in the same facilities, individuals who lived in poor neighborhoods had strikingly higher cardiovascular mortality after a myocardial infarction than did individuals who lived in more affluent neighborhoods. The study by Berman and colleagues1 adds substantively to the understanding of the social determinants of cardiovascular outcomes. Amid changing public thinking after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, the study also prods us to consider the actions that should be taken in response to those social determinants.
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Havranek EP. Does Health Inequity Begin at Home? JAMA Cardiol. Published online May 19, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.0500
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