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Increasing Diversity in Clinical Studies

Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of men and women. Yet 80% of heart disease is preventable through lifestyle and efforts to stay heart healthy.

What’s more, women and people of racial and ethnic minority groups are more vulnerable to developing heart and blood vessel diseases. Also, the health outcomes for these patients – such as heart attacks, stroke and related death – lag behind.

Black adults, for example, tend to have higher rates of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and untreated high cholesterol. These are all risk factors for heart disease and poor outcomes. As a result, Black Americans have the highest rates of heart disease.

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Until recently, women have also had higher rates of deaths due to heart and blood vessel disease. When compared to men, women are less likely to survive a first heart attack, and young women have the poorest outcomes after a heart attack.

  • Last Edited 02/22/2023