Eliminating Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease for Black Women: JACC Review Topic of the Week

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2022 Nov 1;80(18):1762-1771. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2022.08.769.


Black women are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease with an excess burden of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. In addition, the racialized structure of the United States shapes cardiovascular disease research and health care delivery for Black women. Given the indisputable evidence of the disparities in health care delivery, research, and cardiovascular outcomes, there is an urgent need to develop and implement effective and sustainable solutions to advance cardiovascular health equity for Black women while considering their ethnic diversity, regions of origin, and acculturation. Innovative and culturally tailored strategies that consider the differential impact of social determinants of health and the unique challenges that shape their health-seeking behaviors should be implemented. A patient-centered framework that involves collaboration among clinicians, health care systems, professional societies, and government agencies is required to improve cardiovascular outcomes for Black women. The time is "now" to achieve health equity for all Black women.

Keywords: Black women; cardiovascular disease; disparities; health equity; heterogeneity; race/ethnicity; social determinants of health.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Black People
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Ethnicity
  • Female
  • Health Equity*
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Humans
  • United States / epidemiology