Saving Hearts and Lives in the African American Community

Saving Hearts and Lives in the African American Community

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By Patricia Maryland, Dr.PH
NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist

Our heart is the engine that keeps our body running. That’s why problems with the heart – such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or heart failure – can significantly impact a person’s well-being, and, at worst, be life-threatening.
During February, American Heart Month, we were able to shine a spotlight on heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

For African Americans, it’s also a time to raise awareness of how cardiovascular disease disproportionately impacts members of the Black community. Indeed, nearly half of African American adults suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, compared to about a third of Whites, according to the American Heart Association.

This trend stems in part from the fact that African American men and women are more susceptible than other racial and ethnic groups to a number of health conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes... Read Mar. 10, 2017's Issue Here.

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