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Fighting Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure Among African Americans

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African Americans and Heart Health

Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand, M.D., (left), a cardiologist, says environmental and lifestyle factors play a big role in heart disease and hypertension-related illnesses. — David Walter Banks/LUCEO

Public health experts have known for some time that heart disease and hypertension exact a heavy toll on African Americans, although they haven't always agreed on what to do about it.

African American adults are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic whites, according to federal statistics. They are 40 percent more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than whites, less likely to have their blood pressure under control and three times as likely as whites to die from hypertension-related illnesses. … Back to Article

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