Early warning signs

UF researchers develop method to predict deaths from heart attacks, stroke in every U.S. county

By Jill Pease
“As with all population health initiatives, the first step is to segment the population and determine where action is needed and importantly, what type of action. This measure identifies places that need help.”
— Arch Mainous III, Ph.D.
UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
map The Hong-Mainous Cardiovascular Disease Index calculates the risk of deaths from heart attack and stroke for individual U.S. counties. Scores of 60 and above represent counties with a higher burden of cardiovascular disease.