ABSTRACT

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Surveillance Summaries, March 30, 2018   [open pdf - 885KB]

Alternate Title: Heart Disease Death Rates Among Blacks and Whites Aged ≥35 Years - United States, 1968-2015

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (1). In 2015, heart disease accounted for approximately 630,000 deaths, representing one in four deaths (1). Nationally, racial disparities in heart disease mortality have persisted since at least the 1980s (2) and have been documented as the leading contributor to differences between blacks and whites in life expectancy (3). The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, and Healthy People 2020 have both called for increased understanding of health disparities by race and geographic area (4,5). NAM has called for surveillance systems that can measure disparities in heart disease by race and by contextual factors such as place of residence (4). Documenting trends in heart disease death rates by race and state provides valuable information to policy makers and public health practitioners for promoting continued decreases both for blacks and whites, along with decreases in disparities between blacks and whites, in heart disease mortality."

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2018-03-30
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Public Domain
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Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index.html/
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MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (March 30, 2018), v.67 no.05
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