NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) conducted a primary research study designed to investigate attitudes among Black consumers regarding their use of dietary and/or herbal supplements as a treatment for cholesterol in place of statins. Black U.S. residents, diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia who are using dietary and/or herbal supplements – with our without statin therapy – were the entry criteria for this study.
In the United States, high cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease, remains critical. While trends have shown an increase in treatment, and control of high cholesterol; racial and ethnic disparities persist, particularly among African Americans.1
A majority of respondents (57%) report using dietary and/or herbal supplements instead of prescription medication. There was no difference by gender; however this differed by age significantly. Younger respondents (30-45 years old) are significantly more likely to take supplements instead of statins while older respondents (46-70 years old) are significantly more likely to take supplements in addition to statins. Furthermore, survey respondents believe that dietary/herbal supplements are equally (21%) or more effective (57%) than prescription statin medication for cholesterol health, study results indicate.
"These results confirm that there is a significant need for education and opportunity for improvement in lipid management in African Americans" according to Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, FACC, Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, Co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Health Program.
Study respondents cited control over one's health (76%), cost of medication (62%), and perceived health benefits (67%) as the most significant contributors for taking dietary and/or herbal supplement.
Dr. Watson will present the research results during the "Cardiology Update 2016: Management of Heart Failure in Primary Care" symposium at the 114th National Medical Association's annual convention and scientific assembly.
This study was supported, in part, by AstraZeneca.
1Trends in hypercholesterolemia, treatment and control among United States adults. Ford ES; Li C; Pearson WS; Zhao G; Mokdad AH. Int J Cardiol. 2010; 140(2):226-35.
About the Association of Black Cardiologists
The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 1,500 health professionals, lay members of the community (Community Health Advocates), corporate members, and institutional members. Founded in 1974, the ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. Today, the ABC's public and private partnerships continue to increase our impact in communities across the nation. The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). For more information, please visit www.abcardio.org.
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