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Increasing Diversity in Clinical Trials

Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of men and women. Yet, estimates are that it is 82 percent preventable through lifestyle and efforts to stay heart healthy, according to the National Institutes of Health.

What’s more, women, racial and ethnic minorities are more vulnerable to developing cardiovascular diseases. They also continue to lag behind when it comes to health outcomes, including heart attacks, stroke and related death.

African Americans, for example, tend to have higher rates of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and untreated high cholesterol—all very powerful risk factors for cardiovascular disease and poor outcomes. As a result, African Americans have the highest rates of heart disease.

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Until recently, women have also had higher rates of deaths due to cardiovascular 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 04/30/2017