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Experts tackle racial, ethnic disparities in cardiometabolic health

October 23, 2014

BOSTON — In this video, Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, professor of clinical medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, discusses racial and ethnic disparities in cardiometabolic disease.

During a session at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress, Ferdinand presented data indicating a higher rate of hypertension, with earlier onset and more complications, among black patients and noted that metabolic syndrome is underrepresented in NHANES data in this patient population. He attributed this to the "triglyceride paradox" - that people of African descent typically have lower levels of triglycerides and higher levels of HDL, making them less likely to meet the cut-off points for metabolic syndrome for these two measures despite the presence of other factors such as hypertension or diabetes that could lead to a diagnosis.

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