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Grant to help study stroke, heart disease in minorities

Kansas 1 of 3 states to get money for cardiovascular health survey

July 31, 2006

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State health officials want to tackle cardiovascular disease. But first, they are calling Kansans in for a check-up.

"This will give us a better picture of what's going on with cardiovascular illness in the general population," said Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Kansas is one of three states in the nation to receive a $496,000 Centers for Disease Control grant to survey primarily black and Hispanic residents about their health.

The $496,000 grant pays for a two-year project to survey residents and develop ways to combat heart disease, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease in the state.

"It is the No. 1 cause of death," said Paula Marmet, director of KDHE's office of health promotion.

More than 8,000 Kansans die each year from cardiovascular disease.

In 2001, Kansas' heart disease death rate was slightly above the national average, with 248.5 per 100,000 in Kansas compared with 245.8 per 100,000 nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Blacks in Kansas had the highest rate of death due to heart disease and stroke, according to the CDC report.

Poor nutrition, inactivity, obesity, smoking and high blood pressure are considered top risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Officials will survey 700 blacks, 700 Hispanics and 700 people of other races.

The project includes telephone and mail-in surveys and clinical exams. Kansas University is working with KDHE on the project, which will cover 20 counties, including Douglas.

The state has launched its "Healthy Kansas" initiative, which focuses on health insurance coverage and cheaper prescription drugs.

There are multiple ways officials gather health information. The CDC coordinates the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an ongoing phone survey tracking health conditions and risk factors. The state collects health data, but not necessarily in the detail that the current survey will have.

The study will gather height, weight, blood pressure and information about risk factors such as smoking and diabetes.

Comments

Jackie Jackasserson 7 years, 8 months ago

marion - they aren't going to tell the exact hypothesis they are testing because then the 2100 people surveyed may provide answers that differ from their actual experience. all of those articles you have posted have to do with health risk behaviors -primarily one specific risk behavior, there are other factors that can be explored. and evidently the cdc sees it that way too. if we knew all of the answers, why do we continue to have the problems? this is why they are testing other hypothesis....

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 8 months ago

Ya know, the information which is sought in this boondoggle "study" is already available and we already know the answers.

Time to revive "The Golden Fleece Award"!

Smoking damage in Blacks:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=health&res=9E07E0D61339F931A2575BC0A963948260

Smoking in Blacks:

http://www.trdrp.org/research/PageGrant.asp?grant_id=1644

Heart Disease In Blacks:

http://www.blackhealthcare.com/BHC/HeartDisease/Prevention.asp

Hypertension And Smoking In Hispanics:

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/144/11/1058

Disparities In Smoking Related Diseases in Hispanics:

http://erc.msh.org/mainpage.cfm?file=7.4.2.htm&module=provider&language=English

There is much more that has already been done and we already know the answers to the questions and the solution to the problems!

KDHE:

Please remit cashier's check or wire transfer in the amount of $496,000.00 to my bank at your earliest convienience.

Thanks.

Marion.

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