Despite years of attention on the national and local levels, the problem continues to persist across the country:According to the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, heart disease is still the leading cause of death for U.S. African-American women. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year–Cardiovascular disease (CVD) age-adjusted death rates are an alarming 33 percent higher for blacks than for the overall population in the U.S.
AHA also reports that Non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican American women still have a higher rate of obesity than non-Hispanic white women, putting them at significantly greater risk factor for CVD and diabetes.
Experts concur this is epidemic that needs to be addressed. With all of this in mind Dr. Volgman wants to deliver a message paramount to cardiovascular health to this undeserved population:
(1) Get educated – Know the signs and symptoms of heart disease, especially coronary artery disease, its most common forms.
(2) Get heart healthy – Follow a healthy diet, exercise and know your genetic risk factors for heart disease.
(3) Get tested – Recent technology has given us an array of tests not only to identify but also to rule out coronary artery disease. It’s important to talk with your doctor about which one is right for you.