Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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NOGUEIRA, Mário Círio; RIBEIRO, Luiz Cláudio and CRUZ, Oswaldo Gonçalves. Social inequalities in premature cardiovascular mortality in a medium-size Brazilian city. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.11, pp.2321-2332. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2009001100003.
Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in many countries. In Brazil, premature cardiovascular death is more frequent than in wealthy countries. The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between premature cardiovascular death and socioeconomic conditions in urban areas. The study design was ecological, with the urban areas of a medium-size municipality in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, as the units of analysis. The relationship between standardized mortality ratio and social development index (SDI) was studied with a binomial negative generalized linear model. The urban regions with the best socioeconomic conditions had significantly lower cardiovascular mortality. The reduction of socioeconomic inequalities in medium-size cities could help decrease health inequities.
Keywords : Cardiovascular Diseases; Mortality; Social Inequity; Ecological Studie.