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Jerusalem Arabs have higher rate of heart attacks than Jews, study finds

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1113
  1. Shahid Osman
  1. London

    Arabs in Jerusalem are twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease than their Jewish neighbours, new research shows. It also found in a comparison with 20 other countries that Jerusalem Arabs have the highest likelihood of coronary events.

    The study found that Arab men in Jerusalem had a 58% greater chance of contracting heart disease than Jewish men in the city and were almost three times more likely to die from the disease (rate ratio 2.79) (International Journal of Epidemiology 2006;35:448-57).

    Arab women in Jerusalem were twice as likely to have coronary heart disease (rate ratio 2.37) as Jewish women and two and half times likely to die from the condition (rate ratio 2.66), report the researchers, from Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

    The study, which was funded by the Israel Ministry of Health, used a World Health Organization protocol to standardise the data and compare …

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