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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lower Income Blacks More Likely to Have This Health Problem!

Lower Income Blacks More Likely to Have Heart Attacks

Low-income African Americans are three times more likely to suffer a heart attack than wealthier blacks, according to a recent study at the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute. The study suggested there is a strong link between income level and cardiovascular health among the black population.

Number one cause of death

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But blacks are twice as likely as whites to suffer a stroke, and black women who are at the lowest income level are twice as likely to have a cardiovascular health problem that could lead to death.

The study included more than 5,300 black Americans. Black people at the lowest income level and under age 50 were found to have three times greater risk for having a cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or heart attack. Researchers involved in the study pointed out that 50 percent of blacks in general suffer from cardiovascular disease. The risk increases for poorer blacks.

Causes for increased risk

Staff scientist Samson Gebreab, who was involved in the study, said that two strong possibilities for the increased risk among poor blacks included 1) more black people than white have less access to proper medical care and, in addition, do not have checkups as frequently as whites, and 2) blacks have higher incidences of obesity, high blood pressure and other heart-related risk factors that would account for their increased risk.

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