Getting Serious About African-Americans and Heart Health

With the number of deaths increasing, it’s time we protect our hearts.

BY LASHIEKA HUNTER, FEBRUARY 15, 2017

February is Heart Month, so we caught up with William A. Cooper, M.D., Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at WellStar Health Systems in Marietta, GA, and author of Heart Attack: Truth, TragedyTriumph to discuss why cardiovascular issues are prevalent in the African-American community. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer and stroke is the leading cause of death for all Americans, but for blacks the risks of getting those disease are even higher. And among blacks age 20 and older, 44.4 percent of men and 48.9 percent of women have cardiovascular disease. Dr. Cooper breaks down why our hearts have so many issues and how we can combat these problems.

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