• Andrew Thurston

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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There are 7 comments on Experiencing Racism Increases Black Women’s Heart Disease Risk, BU Research Finds

  1. Id like to see the actual data, including the questions asked and the timing for when the heart disease started. Food consumed, whether it was in just the last few years (since covid or otherwise, etc). Hard data requires data to be present to be reviewed. Please advise. If this is real, it needs to be more thoroughly outlined.

    1. Thanks for reading and for your comment, Charles. You can see a little more on the methodology and additional information on factors the researchers made an effort to adjust for in this statement from the American Heart Association (https://newsroom.heart.org/news/higher-levels-of-perceived-racism-linked-to-increased-risk-of-heart-disease-in-black-women). The abstract is also now available online at https://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/?_ga=2.83730326.1456130666.1677682121-868052735.1677178616#!/10825/presentation/626. – Andrew Thurston, Editor, The Brink

  2. That’s not a serious study. It just means that people who lead unhealthy lifestyles perceive racism where there is none. It’s a reflection of their own discontent.

    1. How are you able to determine from the comfort of your home that the racism experienced by those specific persons did not occur and was only perceived ? Your statement appears to drip of racial bias and “ perceived “ stereotypes. A reflection of your own lack of awareness, empathy, and open mindedness.

  3. 1) Was there a control group?
    2) Were other factors, such as dietary habits, exercise routines, preexisting conditions, accounted for?
    3) Even if the above are so, that stress can lead to heart issues is nothing too revolutionary. Unfortunately for the researchers, it is impossible to determine whether, say, a subject was denied a mortgage due to racism or a poor credit score. We have only the subject’s testimonies to work with.

    That said, the study raises pertinent questions, and I commend its authors.

  4. Questionable link here. If you correct for poor diet and lack of regular exercise and still get same results … then you might have something. Interesting study though and I’m sure the stress experienced by victims of racism definitely plays a role in poor health. We all know stress is a killer!

  5. Thank you so much for doing this study. I have severe high blood pressure and never are given EKGS. Even though I have hypertension and am a 65 years old African American woman suffering severe stress for more than 50 years. I have been basically terrorized with racial discrimination that has kept me from getting employment and locked out of colleges. My problem began when I began working for the government at (15) years old and had a mean nasty racist supervisor. As an inner city youth I really needed that job because of her I didn’t get it and whatever other prejudice went on. It change the whole outcome of my life. Things really were never right after that. I did get a B. S. Degree but my mother became ill and that ruin my second career. As an Black female I don’t feel at certain critical times in my life. That I receive the support needed in employment and career endeavors. I do believe this was definitely because I was a Black WOMAN. With regards to police. They do cause a lot of trauma in the Black community with all of this recent killings of Blacks. Their misconduct constantly keeps Black mothers and the Black community in an uproar with the senseless murders of their children causing depression and other mental health problems. I had a run in with them over a housing matter concerning family members property. One rental and one owned home whereby they treated me in a rude, discourteous and discriminatory manner. I had to file complaints against them which they have harassed me since 1985. Nearly (40) years consistently making my life a living nightmare. I did develop high blood pressure from all of this severe stress that includes taken care of a sick parent who was also discriminated when she was ill. I’m just telling this story to reiterate and document that this study is truthful and sorely needed to hopefully change the way Black women are mistreated in society. We catch it first because we are Black and a second time because we are women. This is only a short snippet of my life’s challenges. but I just wanted to share this!

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