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How one health study, inspired by FDR's death, changed life in America forever

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UT School of Public Health San Antonio dean Vasan S. Ramachandran, MD, has been mentioned in a USA Today article highlighting the 75th anniversary of the Framingham Heart Study. Ramachandran is a former principal investigator of the study. 

The Framingham Heart Study has informed Americans’ health for decades. Over three generations, its findings have changed how Americans and their doctors view heart disease and what to do about it. It confirmed the role high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugar and smoking play in the development of heart disease, stroke and dementia among other ailments. 

Its origins centered on understanding the disease that had killed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945. Before then, there was no consideration of linking “risk factors” with heart disease or heart attack probability.

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