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Chief’s Message: Changing the Map

This month we consider during Heart Month about how are we doing for people with cardiovascular disease in the US and worldwide.  We are reminded that we have a lot more work to do. We can see by looking at the US county map for CV mortality (JAMA. 2017;317(19):1976-1992. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.4150) that there continues to be a disproportionate mortality among the rural southeast United States. This is something that we are aware of but unfortunately in the past have not had the ability to touch all the social determinants of our communities health.  It is therefore, something that as heart providers and health systems that we will almost certainly have to increase our focus on as we move forward.  In an effort to address some of these, Duke Heart is starting a relationship in our region with the American Heart Association to address some of these CV risk factors in our region – 7 counties for Life’s Simple 7.  We will share more as we partner with community leaders to build the set of community interventions to help address the social, cultural, and personal factors to build a heart health lifestyle.  We look forward to partnering with you all and our community to change the map for CV disease in the southeast.

Please also note we have added a new feature “Image of the Week” to our newsletter.

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