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Am J Cardiol. 2005 Oct 10;96(7B):3i-12i. Epub 2005 Aug 9.

Heart failure in African Americans.

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  • 1Division of Cardiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 75390-9047, USA.


The demographics of the United States are changing, and in the next few decades there will no longer be a racial/ethnic majority population. Increased awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in special populations is warranted as these populations increase. Heart failure carries a substantial burden on those affected, particularly African Americans, who have a disproportionate burden of heart disease. Current treatments for heart failure include angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, beta-blockers, angiotensin II-receptor antagonists, and vasodilating agents. This review discusses the unique characteristics of CVD in African Americans and addresses the need for targeted treatments to reduce the excess burden found in this population.

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