Cardiologist Michael Chang, left, and cardiac surgeon Allen Morris talk about the technologically advanced cardiovascular operating room at the Alex Spanos Heart Center. Sacramento ranks second highest for heart disease deaths, with 244 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 246 in Detroit and 134 nationwide.
Cardiologist Michael Chang, left, and cardiac surgeon Allen Morris talk about the technologically advanced cardiovascular operating room at the Alex Spanos Heart Center. Sacramento ranks second highest for heart disease deaths, with 244 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 246 in Detroit and 134 nationwide. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Cardiologist Michael Chang, left, and cardiac surgeon Allen Morris talk about the technologically advanced cardiovascular operating room at the Alex Spanos Heart Center. Sacramento ranks second highest for heart disease deaths, with 244 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 246 in Detroit and 134 nationwide. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
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Sacramento outpaces other cities in heart disease, cancer deaths

February 22, 2016 2:00 AM

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