Go Red: Black Women and Heart Disease

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  • The Signs of a Heart Attack
  • Why Us?
  • Smoking and Heart Disease
  • Access to Health Care Matters
  • Heart Disease Is Linked to Early Menopause
  • Reducing Your Risk
  • Educate Yourself
  • Wear Red
  • What Is Heart Disease?
  • The Silent Killer

Smoking and Heart Disease

People who smoke are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease. Smoking increases your risk because it decreases oxygen to the heart, increases blood pressure and heart rate, increases blood clotting and damages the arteries and blood vessels. 

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