Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women and in African-American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases. Heart disease also affects African American men significantly.
Researchers have found that there may be a gene that makes Blacks more sensitive to the effects of salt. This sensitivity increases the risk for developing high blood pressure. High Blood Pressure contributes to Heart Disease.
Some of the risks for heart disease that you CAN change would be:
Controlling your cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes through diet, exercise, and medicines.
Talk To Your Doctor if you experience any of these symptoms and about a treatment plan:
Hearth Attack Symptoms in African Americans include:
Chest discomfort, pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body:
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
Pounding heart or changes in heart rhythm
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, Heartburn
Dizziness or feeling lightheaded
Heart attack symptoms that are more common in women are:
Sudden onset of weakness,
Shortness of breath
Nausea, vomiting, indigestion
Overall feeling of illness
Unusual feeling or discomfort in the back, chest, arm, neck or jaw. (These may occur without any chest pain and still be a heart attack)