Does race help determine who’s most at risk for heart attack or stroke?
After years of including this factor in its risk assessment tools, the American Heart Association is yanking it from the equation.
In this New York Times story, Race Cannot Be Used to Predict Heart Disease, Scientists Say, Dr. Sadiya Khan observes, “We should not be using race to inform whether someone gets a treatment or doesn’t get a treatment.'” Kahn, a preventive cardiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, chaired the statement writing committee for the American Heart Association.
This change in keeping with a broader trend in US healthcare that aims at removing race from a variety of clinical algorithms.