Skip to main content

Rural Residence Tied to Higher Risk for Heart Failure for Women, Black Men

By Lori Solomon HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2023 -- Rural residence is associated with an increased risk for heart failure among women and Black men, according to a study published online Jan. 25 in JAMA Cardiology.

Sarah E. Turecamo, from the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues assessed whether rurality is associated with an increased risk for heart failure. The analysis included data from 27,115 participants (68.8 percent Black; median age, 54 years) in the Southern Community Cohort Study.

The researchers found that during a median 13-year follow-up, age-adjusted heart failure incidence was 29.6 per 1,000 person-years for urban participants and 36.5 per 1,000 person-years for rural participants. A greater risk for incident heart failure existed for rural versus urban participants even after adjusting for demographic information, cardiovascular risk factors, health behaviors, and socioeconomic status. There was variance seen in rurality-associated risk across race and sex. Risk was greatest among Black men, followed by White women and Black women. Rurality was not associated with a greater risk for incident heart failure for White men.

"This inequity points to a need for additional emphasis on primary prevention of heart failure among rural populations," the authors write.

Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

© 2023 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Read this next

Vestibular Evaluation Can Help Predict Outcomes in Sensorineural Hearing Loss

FRIDAY, March 23, 2023 -- For patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), vestibular assessment is beneficial for predicting hearing outcome, according to a study...

Clinical Utility Poor for Prostate Cancer Germline Panels in African Men

FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 -- For men of African ancestry, currently utilized germline testing panels for prostate cancer have poor clinical utility, with clinical value in only 30...

Excess Mortality Seen for People With Epilepsy

FRIDAY, March 24, 2023 -- People with epilepsy (PWE) have excess mortality, even those without comorbidities and receiving monotherapy, according to a study published online March...

More news resources

Subscribe to our newsletter

Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of in your inbox.