Race and socioeconomic status may play role in millions not having access to newly recommended treatment guidelines for cardiovascular disease

New expanded guidelines released by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) include recommendations for statins for more people, many of those who are less likely to have access to these very treatments. Lead author and former Harvard Bell Fellow Fahad Razak, MD, did the research for this study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes while he was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center, along with co-author and…

The Health Cost of Debt

Arijit Nandi and Elizabeth Sweet, former RWJF Health & Society Scholars, find debt to be an important socioeconomic determinant of health in their recent study, “The high price of debt: Household financial debt and its impact on mental and physical health” published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.