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From 1994 to 2006, hospitalizations were less than expected, which saved nearly $5,5 million in complete in- and out-of-area hospital costs for county residents each year, the researchers said. “This weighty study demonstrates that community-based interventions are feasible and can be sustained over a prolonged period,” said Dr Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a spokesman for the American Heart Association.
He believes the Maine case also “highlights the potential impact of targeted, multidimensional community-based interventions for improving heart health and outcomes”. Dr Darwin Labarthe is a professor of protective medicine and epidemiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, and co-author of an accompanying journal editorial. He believes that “the communities in which we live have the power to do what was done in Franklin County, Maine”.