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Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease

Janet K. Shim


Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, affects people from all walks of life, yet who lives and who dies from heart disease still depends on race, class, and gender. While scientists and clinicians understand and treat heart disease more effectively than ever before, and industrialized countries have made substantial investments in research and treatment over the past six decades, patterns of inequality persist. This book argues that official accounts of cardiovascular health inequalities are unconvincing and inadequate, and that clinical and public health intervention ... More

Keywords: heart disease, race, social class, gender, inequality, cardiovascular health inequalities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814786833
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814786833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet K. Shim, author