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Keeping our cardiovascular advantage

Lyn Steffen. Photo courtesy of Advances Magazine.

Minnesotans have a lower risk of heart disease than the general population according to recent findings from the Minnesota Heart Survey, a study of cardiovascular risk factors led by Lyn Steffen, associate professor of epidemiology.

But why?

“We think, from looking at these study findings, that what explains this difference in the cardiovascular mortality rate is that [some] risk factor levels are lower in Minnesotans,” says Steffen. Compared to national averages, Minnesotans smoke less and have healthier blood pressure levels.

Continue reading in Advances Magazine.

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