Blacks, women face greater burden from CVD risk factors

11 agosto 2014

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites, research shows. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing. Researchers studied population attributable risk (PAR) changes for the five major modifiable cardiovascular risk factors — high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. The PAR is a measure that considers how common a risk factor is and by how much the factor raises the chance of future cardiovascular disease.