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Yale: Study Explores Why Caribbean Adults Have Higher Hypertensions Rate

Adult populations in the Caribbean, mirroring black populations in the U.S., experience higher rates of hypertension, stroke, and heart disease, and researchers want to know why.

Among them is Yale School of Medicine researcher and physician Dr. Erica Spatz, whose recent paper in the journal Ethnicity & Disease details a study that aims to determine which factors are contributing to high numbers of poor cardiovascular outcomes in the Caribbean.

The research is part of the larger Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) Study, launched in 2011, which is led by Dr. Marcella Nunez Smith of the Yale schools of medicine and public health. Investigators hope the study will eventually involve 500 participants from four island nations: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

“ECHORN is looking at the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, along with the risk factors associated with these conditions in the Eastern Caribbean population,” Dr. Spatz says. “They range from biological factors — which include clinical conditions, biomarkers and genetics — to social and environmental and community factors.”

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