Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic and the MetroHealth System have received a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to develop a heart disease risk calculator incorporating environment and neighborhood-level factors in the hopes of determining more effective interventions.

Current prediction models severely underestimate cardiovascular risk in socioeconomically disadvantage neighborhoods because they rely on only clinical indicators such as weight, age and smoking history, according to researchers.

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