The editors of JAMA Cardiology have accepted as an editorial priority the more detailed and informative assessment of cardiovascular disease as a function of race. We envision the work of Rao et al1 and the exemplary commentary of Powell-Wiley2 as important levers to incite a more sophisticated and in turn more effective use of race in cardiovascular medicine. We concur with Powell-Wiley2; race is a social construct. We dismiss any biological inferences that support the use of race, while we also recognize the importance of genetic ancestry. Given these considerations, it is time for a recalibrated use of race in cardiovascular research. Herewith, we offer a new model.
Yancy CW, McNally E. Reporting Genetic Markers and the Social Determinants of Health in Clinical Cardiovascular Research—It Is Time to Recalibrate the Use of Race. JAMA Cardiol. 2021;6(4):400. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.6576
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