The 411 on Blacks and Heart Health

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  • Why Heart Health Matters
  • What Is Heart Disease?
  • 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

Blacks and Heart Disease

African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by heart disease. We are 30 times more likely to die from heart disease and 40 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than whites. We are also less likely to have our high blood pressure under control and more likely to die from strokes. 

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