The Geography of Heart Disease

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Mapping High-Prevalence Neighborhoods

 

Kyle Walker, right, and Sean Crotty, left, both assistant professors of geography.

Kyle Walker, right, and Sean Crotty, left, both assistant professors of geography.

 

Using geography and big data, Kyle Walker and Sean Crotty are showing how cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in Texas, spreads across the state.

Drawing from the Texas Department of State Health Services’ collection of hospital discharge records, Walker and Crotty — both assistant professors of geography — are mapping high-prevalence neighborhoods for cardiovascular disease. Their research also analyzes how these neighborhoods vary demographically and geographically.

– Rachel Stowe Master

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