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Who Gets Heart Failure? Race Takes Back Seat to Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

o it may be just that this risk factor is under tighter control in some ethnic groups than in others,' he says. 'African Americans are clearly getting heart failure from causes other than heart attack.'

According to lead researcher Hossein Bahrami, M.D., M.P.H., the message to physicians is clear, 'warding off heart failure in African Americans requires aggressive treatment of diabetes and hypertension. Whether through increased screening or greater emphasis on drug therapies, these are two risk factors that must be brought under control.'

Bahrami, a senior cardiology research fellow at Hopkins, says removing barriers for African Americans to controlling their diabetes and hypertension could be critical to reducing new cases of heart failure. Across all ethnic groups, an estimated 550,000 Americans are diagnosed each year.

Bahrami says the team’s next steps are to determine why different rates exist for these risk factors and the role played by biological and environmental factors.

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