Home Healthcare Blacks are at More Risk of Fatal First-Time Heart Attacks than Whites

Blacks are at More Risk of Fatal First-Time Heart Attacks than Whites


The adults who are black and their ages are between 45-64 years are twice likely to die during their first cardiac event as white adults. The risk for nonfatal coronary heart disease is consistently lower among black men as compared to white men.

Well, black men have the same risk of coronary heart disease as white men, but their first cardiac event is twice as likely to be fatal. That means that black is at the more risk at their first heart attack and it is more difficult for them to prevent. These findings are reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

This is researched through an analysis that examined cardiac events in three major heart studies, the researchers found that in two of these studies, black aged45-64 have about double the risk of fatal events as compared with white adults. The same research is true for the older persons, with little bit differences. The study also found that the high risk is may be due to the cardiovascular risk factors and the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and grow known as social elements of health.

The findings, however, differ for nonfatal events. Accounting for these same factors resulted in lower risk of nonfatal events in black men compared to white men, with the same patterns among women that were not statistically noteworthy.

Monika Safford, M.D., senior author and John J. Kuiper Professor of Medicine and Chief of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New Said: “Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that could signal heart problems.”

They further added “Greater public awareness of heart attack symptoms would benefit everyone. Many people think that heart attacks are only present if they have severe chest pain. In fact, many heart attacks cause only mild symptoms and people may mistakenly think they are having a bout of indigestion.”

Well, if the heart condition is not predictable, medications that save lives after a heart attack cannot be accessible.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here