Black women are at a higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest linked death


There is much research on what increases the health risks in black adults. Here this new study talks about the higher rates of sudden cardiac death in black women as compared to white women.

The study is done by the American Heart Association and published in the journal Circulation. It is available online to read.

The study investigates cultural and socioeconomic disparities for example income, academics and the leading risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure for the sudden cardiac arrest.

The striking part of the study is that despite all the health related facilities, technology and treatments; this type of disparity is unbelievable. May be resources have played a major role here.

White communities as compared to black communities have access to better health faculties, education and everything that makes them able to recognize the signs of a stroke.

What does the study say?

The data used in this study was collected from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. It is a huge study on four US communities to study heart problems. This study included 11,237 white participants and 3,832 black participants for more or less thirty years.

The new study suggests that reaching the age of 85 years, nearly 9.6% of black people died of sudden cardiac arrest. Among this total number, approximately 6.6% were black women.

Comparing these stats to the white people, the ratio is strikingly high. For the same age, 0nly 6.5% white men and 2.3% white women died of a cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest is an unexpected death caused by heart losing its function. It hits about 325,000 adults in the USA every year. Most of these victims are people from 30s and 40s. The risk is more in women than men. It is rare in children.

There is no conclusive point of this study that what causes this sudden cardiac arrest. One reason is that low income and lack of education are two factors associated with an unhealthy lifestyle which is more common in the black community.

However, the complete understanding of the factors in sudden cardiac death in women is missing. More research may answer these questions.

How to create a change?

Probably the most influential point here is to work on educating the black community on health threats. It is necessary to reduce disparities in heart disease among the most prominent social communities. Some of the ways that could help are better education, health outreach, and disease prevention and control. it is also necessary to know when should you see a doctor and an affordable guide to healthy eating.

This study is important not because it highlights a public health concern, but it works on disparities in healthcare and resources access.

The final word

The new study reveals shocking statistics that black adults especially black women suffer from cardiac death at higher rates than the white community. Researchers believe certain socioeconomic disparities in lifestyle and education may add up to it. The white communities have more access to the healthcare centers and information that they need for a healthy life. The same is not available to the black community and the study focuses on providing them with it.


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Areeba Hussain
The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.


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