Heart Disease and Race

Shenghan Lai, J. Bryan Page, Evens Rodney, Balendu C. Vasavada, Terrence J. Sacchi, Frederic W. Platt, Lance B. Becker, Peter M. Meyer, Jeff Whittle, Joseph Conigliaro, C. B. Good

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To the Editor: The article by Becker et al. (Aug. 26 issue)1 on racial differences in rates of cardiac arrest and subsequent survival calls attention to a problem that has been ignored for years. There are indeed several lines of evidence for a genetic or racial influence on cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, race is inextricably connected with socioeconomic, cultural, behavioral, and medical conditions, any of which could largely explain the differences in the incidence of cardiac arrest and associated deaths. Although the authors did mention that race may be a marker of other factors, the analysis presented in the article failed…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-218
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 20 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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