Archive - Nov 21, 2012

Archive - Nov 21, 2012

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Sudden Death Risk Higher in Black Women

Researchers have determined that postmenopausal women have specific independent risk factors that drive their incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and being African American is one of them.

African-American women had a significant 61% increased risk of SCD compared with other races, after all known risk factors and sociodemographic risk factors were accounted for, according to Monica L. Bertoia, MPH, PhD, of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues.

Of the 418 women who experienced SCD, investigators identified these characteristics, in addition to traditional risk factors, that put them at increased risk:

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