Each February, we celebrate Black History Month and the achievements and role of black Americans throughout our history. February is also National Heart Month, making it an ideal time to remember that the risk of cardiovascular disease for African Americans is significantly higher than it is for Caucasians. According to the American Heart Association, differences in culture, lifestyle, and genetics have an impact on the cardiovascular health of all races, but African Americans have some of the highest risks.
African-Americans can improve their odds of preventing and beating cardiovascular disease by understanding their risks and taking simple steps to address them. For more information about the risks of cardiovascular disease in the African American community and how to reduce those risks with proper medical care and lifestyle changes, visit www.heart.org.