Heart Health and Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Heart disease isn't just a man's disease. Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are devastating to women, too. In fact, coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, is the leading cause of death for American women. Many women believe that cancer is more of a threat, but they're wrong. Nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease and stroke as from all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.
The American Heart Association has identified several factors that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The more risk factors a woman has, the greater her risk of a heart attack or stroke. Some of these risk factors you can't control, such as increasing age, family health history, and race and gender. But you can modify, treat or control most risk factors to lower your risk.
Studies have shown that aspirin may help lower the risk.
Learn the facts about STROKE.
Black women have a higher chance of stroke form high blood pressure in pregnancy and at other life stages. Folic acid in the diet may make a difference.
Find out about your risk of a stroke here.
It may not be a surprise to you that African American women are once again disproportionally represented in this frightening statistic.
Women of Color don't have the information they need - find out more.
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