Heart disease remains a leading cause of death for U.S. African-American and Hispanic women.   And now, a new AHA report shows that women are also ignoring heart disease risks, and need to better recognize their own sex-specific symptoms of the illness.   Compounded together, minority women need to be even more hyper-vigilant in recognizing their risk of heart disease and taking steps to stay healthy, including the availability of the latest tests to identify and rule out coronary artery disease.

Cardiologist Annabelle S. Volgman, MD, of Rush University Medical Center, and one of the committee members behind the report, is showcasing a 3-pronged approach regarding minority women and their heart health.  She’d very much like to discuss the material with you at your convenience during February Heart Health Month.

As highlighted in its new report,the American Heart Association (AHA) pointed out that most women ignore heart disease risks, and need to better recognize their own sex-specific symptoms of the illness.   With all of the attention heart disease has received over the last decade, women are still at high risk and cardiovascular disease is still the no. 1 cause of death here in the U.S.

According to the American Heart Association cardiovascular disease exacts a disproportionate toll on many racial and ethnic groups. The organization also says racial and ethnic minority populations confront more barriers to CVD diagnosis and care, receive lower quality treatment, and experience worse health outcomes than their white counterparts.

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