New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-AmericansBy AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While heart disease and stroke — and deaths from those diseases — have declined in the United States in recent decades, those advances have not been shared equally in the African-American community. A panel of experts has been trying to find out why.

The result is a new American Heart Association scientific statement about cardiovascular health in African-Americans that examines the challenges and proposes solutions.

“We still see higher rates of heart disease and risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes in African-Americans as compared to whites, and higher death rates from heart attack and stroke,” said Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D., associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and chair of the group that wrote the new statement. “We thought it was important to pull together all the information.”

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