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Comment & Response
December 15, 2021

Role of Income-Lifting Social Programs in Reducing Years of Life Lost to Myocardial Infarction and Sudden Death

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 3Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JAMA Cardiol. 2022;7(2):230. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.5127

To the Editor We appreciate the work of Berman and colleagues,1 who investigated the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and mortality after a myocardial infarction (MI). The authors found that among people who had an MI before age 50 years, patients who lived in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods had a higher risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. These findings suggest that addressing socioeconomic disadvantage among working-age adults may be key to reducing years of life lost to cardiovascular diseases. This is also highlighted in the Invited Commentary by Havranek.2

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