Is Racism Causing Heart Failure Among African Americans?!

Did the WEF announce that racism is causing a massive rise in heart failure among African-Americans?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Racism Is Causing Heart Failure Among African Americans!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claims or suggests that the WEF just announced that racism is causing a massive rise in heart failure among African Americans.

Here is the long, and (intentionally?) rambling article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

WEF: ‘Racism’ Is Causing Massive Rise In Heart Failure Among African Americans

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Truth : Racism Is Not Causing Heart Failure Among African Americans!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Heart Failure Is Not Heart Attack / Cardiac Arrest

It appears that The People’s Voice does not know the difference between a heart attack, a cardiac arrest, and hypertension. The article makes references to “the spike in heart attacks”, and appears to believe it’s the same thing as “heart failure”. It also appears to throw in cardiac arrest as if it’s related to heart failure.

All three conditions affect the heart, but are separate and different heart conditions:

  • a heart attack occurs when the heart does not receive enough blood supply
  • heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood properly, while
  • a cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating.

Anyone who does not understand the difference should not be writing about any one of those heart conditions…

Fact #2 : Mayo Clinic Was Talking About Hypertension, Not Heart Failure

The Mayo Clinic never attributed the “massive rise in heart failure among African Americans” to “racism, as alleged in the The People’s Voice article.

The quote by Dr. LaPrincess Brewer came from a Mayo Clinic article by Sonya Goins, which referred to the high hypertension rates in the Black American community.

She says elevated hypertension rates in the Black community can be attributed to various factors, including chronic stress, systemic racism and socioeconomic issues.

“That includes food insecurity, housing insecurity, redlining, which really limits certain individuals from receiving opportunities and resources to better their health,” explains Dr. Brewer.

Dr. Brewer says simple lifestyle changes can reduce high blood pressure and heart disease, like eating healthier, getting regular physical activity and adequate sleep to reduce stress.

As you can see, Dr. Brewer never mentioned heart failure, which is the inability of the heart to pump enough blood. She was talking about hypertension, which is high blood pressure.

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Fact #3 : Racial Differences In Hypertension Were Studied For Decades

While The People’s Voice article appears to suggest that the rise in cardiovascular disease might be due to COVID-19 vaccines, the truth is – racial differences in hypertension have been studied for decades.

In fact, hypertension is known to be more common in the black community than other races. This has been reported in numerous studies and articles, long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented:

As you can clearly see – it has long been known and acknowledged that hypertension is particularly common among Black individuals.

Fact #4 : No Evidence WEF Funds Mayo Clinic

The People’s Voice article claimed that the Mayo Clinic is funded by the World Economic Forum (WEF), but provided no evidence to back that up.

I can find no evidence that the WEF funds the Mayo Clinic, which is a non-profit organisation which accepts funding from a wide variety of sources, but is also largely self-funded through its hospital system, and medical schools.

Even if the WEF somehow funds the Mayo Clinic, it is unlikely to amount to any significant amount – the Mayo Clinic’s 2022 research funding along exceeded $1 billion!

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Fact #5 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Publishing Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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