Heart disease, cancer, and stroke in Maryland

S. Havas*

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Maryland has higher mortality rates from heart disease, cancer, and stroke (HCS) than the United States as a whole. More than 50% of deaths from HCS are premature, occurring before age 75. The health care and indirect costs from these three diseases total approximately $4.4 billion annually, placing a major economic burden on the state. A large body of scientific literature has shown the potential for the prevention of HCS. Currently, Maryland, like virtually all states, lacks the type of systematic, well-coordinated, comprehensive intervention campaign needed to lower morbidity, mortality, and health care costs from these three diseases. Such a campaign has now been planned by the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Similar campaigns are needed throughout much of the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-607
Number of pages9
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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