Everything African American Women over 40 Should Know About Heart Health

Statistically, Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African-American women annually and of  African-American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases. 1 in 5 African-American women believes she is personally at risk. 52 percent of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.Heart disease & stroke is the No. 1 killer in women, and stroke disproportionately affects African-Americans. More than 40 percent of non-Hispanic blacks have high blood pressure, which is more severe in blacks than whites, and develops earlier in life. Researchers have found that there may be a gene that makes African-Americans much more sensitive to the effects of salt, which in turn increases the risk for developing high blood pressure. In people who have this gene, as little as one extra gram (half a teaspoon) of salt could raise blood pressure.

 Stroke Warning Signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Things You Can  Do To Keep a Healthy Heart:

  • Eat healthy plenty of fruits and vegetables.

  • Cut back on salt intake.

  • Stay active , instead of driving to the neighborhood store, walk instead. Its a start!

Information from  www.goredforwomen.org

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