Study: Stay in School to Skip Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and the new findings suggest addressing social factors like education may be key for health care providers and policymakers seeking to improve heart disease outcomes.

"Interventions outside the health care system can have powerful and long-lasting effects on addressing heart disease, reducing disparities and potentially reducing health care costs," says Dr. Rita Hamad, an assistant professor of family and community medicine at UCSF and the study's lead author.

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