African Americans who smoke seem at higher risk of coronary heart disease

African Americans who smoke seem at higher risk of coronary heart disease

African Americans who smoke seem at higher risk of coronary heart diseaseAfrican Americans who smoke appear to have more than twice this risk of developing coronary heart disease compared to those who do not smoke, a new study has found. Coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the world, is the most common type of heart disease. Compared to whites, African Americans are more likely to die from coronary heart disease. But with the Jackson Heart Study cohort of 5,306 participants, Oshunbade and colleagues were able to assess the relationship between smoking, coronary heart disease, and coronary artery calcification in African American adults. The researchers found that, compared to those who never smoked, those who currently smoked had a more than two-fold higher risk of coronary heart disease.

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