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BU Study: Subclinical Disease Rate Moderately High in African Americans

African Americans have a moderately high prevalence of subclinical disease, which is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher.

A research team led by Dr. Vanessa Xanthakis, assistant professor of biostatistics at BUSPH and assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, evaluated more than 4,400 participants of the large-scale Jackson Heart Study with available subclinical disease measures. The researchers examined the prevalence of subclinical disease and its association with CVD.

In a study published online in Diabetes Care, the researchers found that 26 percent of participants had subclinical disease, defined as the presence of one or more of the following: peripheral arterial disease, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), microalbuminuria, high coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, and low left ventricular ejection fraction.

“Overall, our findings are of public health importance because African Americans have a disproportionately high burden of CVD in the US relative to other racial groups,” the authors wrote.

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