Black men are twice as likely to die, so prevention is crucial, researcher says

Black adults are more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack, a new analysis suggests.

Two out of three major heart studies reviewed, involving more than 28,000 people, found black men between the ages of 45 and 64 were twice as likely to die of a first heart attack as white men. Older blacks were also more likely than whites to die of a first heart attack, but the difference was smaller.

Heart disease risk is similar for men of both races.

For black women 45-64, the risk of fatal heart attack was also greater than for white women of the same age range.

“Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that could signal heart problems,” said study senior author Dr. Monika Safford. She is chief of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

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SOURCE: HealthDay News
Robert Preidt

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