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Notice to Readers: Publication of Atlas of Geographic and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Women's Heart Disease Death Rates

CDC and West Virginia University have released Women and Heart Disease: An Atlas of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mortality, the first publication to show heart disease death rates among women aged >35 years, county-by-county, throughout the United States (1). The atlas includes more than 200 national and state maps showing geographic patterns in heart disease deaths for 1991 through 1995 for American Indian and Alaska Native women, Asian and Pacific Islander women, black women, Hispanic women, white women, and women of all races and ethnicities combined. The maps show the substantial disparities in heart disease between racial and ethnic groups and the marked disparities by geographic region for each racial and ethnic group. State and local health departments and their partners in communities can use the information in the atlas to target heart-health programs and policies to the women with the greatest need. The atlas is available on the World-Wide Web at .


  1. Casper ML, Barnett E, Halverson JA, et al. Women and heart disease: an atlas of racial and ethnic disparities in mortality. Morgantown, West Virginia: West Virginia University, Office for Social Environment and Health Research, December 1999.

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