Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Black people are significantly more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrests than white people

Researchers have found that blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to experience sudden cardiac arrest, with 175 black men and 90 black women per 100,000 experiencing sudden cardiac arrest compared with 84 white men and 40 white women per 100,000. At the time of sudden cardiac arrest, the majority of black people were younger than 65 while the majority of white people were older than 65. On average, black people were more than 6 years younger than white people when experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Blacks also had higher rates of chronic kidney failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy than did white people.

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