US : Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors, New Study

August 12, 2014 1:56 PM

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US : Women, Blacks Hit Harder by Heart Disease Risk Factors, New Study

There are several risk factors tied to cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes, obesity and smoking. In a new study from the American Heart Association, researchers have found that the impact of these risk factors is greater in women than men and in blacks than white, highlighting gender and race gaps in cardiovascular health in the US.

“We’ve been targeting traditional risk factors in public health campaigns for many years,” said Susan Cheng, M.D., M.P.H., study lead author and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. “We wanted to take a look at how well we’ve been doing over time at keepin...

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