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Black Americans hospitalized for heart failure at higher rate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The rate of hospitalizations due to heart failure has decreased overall in the United States, but black Americans are admitted at a higher rate than other ethnic and racial groups, according to a new study.

In general, the findings are good news because they show fewer […]

Healthier lifestyles = lower blood pressure risks for African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Small health improvements were associated with lower risk of developing high blood pressure for African-Americans, according to new research released Monday.

African-Americans who had at least two modifiable healthy behaviors at the beginning of the study, compared to those with one or none, saw their high blood […]

Do Africans and African-Americans share stroke risks?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Neurologists from the United States and Africa are meeting Thursday to explore the differences and similarities in stroke among Africans and African-Americans.

“We need to learn more about what is happening in native African populations and begin to compare and contrast the findings with populations […]

Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping, report positive outlook

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Caregivers of black stroke survivors spend more time helping and have a more positive perception of caregiving than those who care for whites, according to new research.

“Our findings surprised me,” said Lesli Skolarus, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan in Ann […]

Regular exercise may reduce African-Americans’ risk of high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Regular moderate to vigorous exercise such as swimming, biking or even brisk walks can lower the risk of high blood pressure in African-Americans, according to a new study.

African-Americans are more likely to have high blood pressure than other racial groups in the United States. Among non-Hispanic […]

Modest increases in high blood pressure linked to higher risk of death, heart failure among African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even modest increases in high blood pressure raise the risk of death and heart failure among African-Americans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Analyzing 5,280 African-American patients enrolled in the Jackson Heart Study in 2000-11, researchers found:

Increases in systolic blood […]

African-Americans having more strokes younger, more likely to die than whites

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s been known that middle-aged blacks are more likely to die of stroke than whites.

Now researchers know why: African-Americans are having more strokes at younger ages.

The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study — published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke — […]

Racial disparities narrow in some areas, persist in others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The gap between whites and minorities in the U.S. is starting to narrow in some key health areas, such as infant deaths and uninsured rates. But for blacks and Hispanics, troubling disparities persist in childhood obesity and high blood pressure, new federal data […]

Twitter chat: Lowering blood pressure among minorities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly half of African-American adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure. That’s among the highest in the world.

High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for stroke, putting African-Americans at increased risk. Their overall risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice that […]

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but […]