Important Factors African-Americans Can Prevent Against Cardiovascular Disease

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    Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, includes heart attack, stroke, heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, and diseases of the arteries, veins, and circulatory system.

    African-Americans have the highest death rate from cardiovascular disease of all racial and ethnic groups. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include those you CAN’T change and those you CAN.

    Risk factors you CAN’T change include:

    Male Gender

    Family History 

    Advancing Age

    Risk factors you CAN change include:


    High Blood Pressure

    Lack of Exercise



    Research shows that African-Amerians have the highest prevalence of many of the modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including:

    High Blood Pressure



    One in every three African-Americans has High Blood Pressure; one out of every two over the age of 65.

    The best ways to cut your risk for cardiovascular disease are:

    Not Smoke

    Exercise every day

    Eat fruits and vegetables

    Check your blood pressure often

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