Around 22 million people live in counties that are “cardiology deserts” and need to travel nearly 90 miles round trip to seek specialty heart care.

Millions of Americans likely to develop and die from heart disease live in cardiology deserts — areas of the country without a single heart specialist to care for them.

New research published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that nearly half of all counties in the U.S. lack a practicing cardiologist.

Most of those counties are rural, with residents who tend to be sicker in general with complex medical problems.

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    8 days ago

    I can totally relate to this. The closest movie theatre is like 45-50 minutes each way for me.

    On a serious note, maybe that billion dollar grant to Johns Hopkins will help with this issue down the road.