The reason African Americans are at greater risk of death from cardiac arrest is lack of awareness about the condition, as was revealed by a study released by Heart Rhythm Society (HRS).
According to the online survey filled by 1500 consumers and 300 physicians in the U.S., only 18% of African Americans are familiar with sudden cardiac arrest, compared to the national average of 24%.
“Racial disparities in the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest result in too many preventable deaths. The first step toward reducing these substantial discrepancies is to treat the underlying causes and manage the various risk factors,” said Walter Clair, MD, MPH, FHRS, electrophysiologist, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, Nashville. Continue reading