New Tool Improves Ethnic Group Heart Risk Assessment

Web-based calculator helps assess risk among British black and minority ethnic groups

FRIDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- A new risk score helps more accurately predict the risk of cardiovascular disease and 10-year coronary heart disease risk for seven black and minority ethnic groups, according to a U.K. study published online June 8 in Heart.

Peter Brindle, M.D., of the University of Bristol in the U.K., and colleagues designed the risk score by re-calibrating the existing Framingham risk score. Survey data on 3,778 men and 4,544 women, aged 35 to 54, provided information on risk factors for the various ethnic groups and disease prevalence among them, which were then compared with the general population.

Men of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin had the highest 10-year risk of coronary heart and cardiovascular disease (12.6 percent and 12.8 percent, respectively) among non-smoking individuals aged 50 years with a systolic blood pressure of 130 mm Hg and a total cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio of 4.2. Using the same risk factors, risk of coronary heart disease was lowest among men of Caribbean origin (2.7 percent) and among men of Chinese origin for cardiovascular disease (5.4 percent).

Among women, Pakistanis were the ethnic group at highest risk for cardiovascular disease, at 6.6 percent, and Chinese women were at the lowest risk, at 1.2 percent.

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