The 411 on Blacks and Heart Health

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  • Blacks and Heart Disease
  • Don’t Think Heart Disease Is Just an Old Folk’s Problem
  • What Puts Us at Higher Risk?
  • Blacks and High Blood Pressure
  • Understand Your Cholesterol Levels
  • Stop Smoking!
  • You Gotta Sweat
  • Quit Eating Crap
  • African-Americans and the Mediterranean Diet
  • How Risk Factors Affect Us The Most
  • Heart Health Knowledge Increases Among Black Women
  • Stress Hurts Your Heart, Too
  • Access to Health Care Matters
  • Take Back The Power
  • February Is American Heart Health Month
  • Why Heart Health Matters
  • What Is Heart Disease?

What Puts Us at Higher Risk?

Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — all of which Blacks disproportionately suffer from — increase our risk of developing heart disease. Also, having a family history of these illnesses can increase our chances of having it, too, says the American Heart Association. The key are making serious lifestyle changes and keeping your chronic illnesses in check. 

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