African-Americans Face Disproportionate Risks for Heart Attack and Stroke

African-Americans Face Disproportionate Risks for Heart Attack and Stroke

For the first time, cardiovascular health guidelines released in 2013 give doctors an accurate formula to use in calculating heart attack and stroke risk for African-Americans—who face different risks for each. New guidelines allow doctors to evaluate heart risks and stroke at the same time, rather than using two separate figures to gauge a person’s overall risk. Additionally, the updated guidelines are not solely based on research from a predominantly white test population.

To calculate 10-year risk, the equation considers race, gender, age, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, use of blood pressure medication, diabetes status, and smoking status from a fasting blood test.

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