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Racial Disparities in ACR Indication of CHD Risk

A new study in JAMA shows that “higher urinary [albumin-to-creatinine ratio(ACR)] was associated with greater risk of incident but not recurrent [coronary heart disease (CHD)] in black individuals when compared with white individuals.” Researchers studied “black and white US adults aged 45 years and older who were enrolled within the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study between 2003 and 2007 with follow-up through December 31, 2009,” which included 23,273 participants without CHD at baseline and 4,934 participants who had CHD at baseline. The study concluded that black adults in the first group had a nearly 1.5-fold greater likelihood of CHD. The cohort with CHD at baseline, however, did not show any significant racial differences in reoccurrence rates.

Read the study in JAMA.