Widespread Differences in Heart Disease Risk Among Blacks of Different Ethnicities

Widespread Differences in Heart Disease Risk Among Blacks of Different Ethnicities

There are extensive social and cultural differences between African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and African immigrants. Scientists discovered distinctions among the three different ethnic classifications for Black Americans and compared them with whites for all four heart disease risk factors studied: high blood pressure, diabetes, excess weight and smoking. Researchers also accounted for socioeconomic factors and found that African immigrants were more likely than Afro-Caribbeans, African Americans and white Americans to be college educated. Overall, African immigrants had significantly lower risk factors for heart disease risk compared with Black Americans and Afro-Caribbeans. For related coverage, read “Another Reason for African Americans to Quit Smoking Right Now” and “A Majority of African Americans Are Stricken With Hypertension by Age 55.”

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