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Racial Disparities in Heart Health Declined Due to Declining White Health

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Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that health gaps between black and white U.S. adults has declined due primarily to declining heart health for white Americans. The study categorized the health records of more than 40,000 adults into groups of optimal, suboptimal, or poor cardiovascular health. They then tracked the health of these adults from 1988 and 1994, discovering that those with good heart health declined for both whites and blacks. So, while disparities between whites and blacks was reduced, it was mainly due to waning health of whites. Read more about the study at the ABC News website article.