Cardiovascular Mortality Differences—Place Matters

An editorial by NHLBI director, Gary Gibbons, M.D. and colleagues, published by JAMA discusses the findings of a study in the journal about the geographic variation in cardiovascular mortality in the United States. The findings “serve as a critical reminder to challenge clinicians, investigators, and public health leaders to imagine a future in which an individual’s risk of cardiovascular death is no longer determined by “the place” he or she was born or resides and no longer prevents pursuing a healthy and fulfilling life,” said the authors.