Minding the Competition: Racial Differences in Cardiovascular Risk
While we have made great strides in reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease over the past 50 years, blacks in the United States still face increased cardiovascular mortality along with a disproportionate burden of risk factors1-3. However, if race-based comparisons become the basis for action, it is essential that they be measured and interpreted accurately. Blacks suffer from higher mortality rates of non-cardiovascular disease2. Some have argued that without accounting for non-CVD-related deaths amongst blacks, epidemiologists may be overestimating the true comparative rate of incident cardiovascular events among blacks. In other words, by failing to mind the competition, we may be overestimating the race-based gap in cardiovascular disease4,5. (SELECT FULL TEXT TO CONTINUE)
- Received June 4, 2012.
- Accepted June 5, 2012.
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