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Study: 3 in 4 black adults have high blood pressure by their mid-50s

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Black adults are substantially more likely than white adults to develop high blood pressure by age 55, found a study that followed nearly 4,000 people for 30 years. High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke, and the findings may provide […]

July 11th, 2018|Categories: Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Study: 3 in 4 black adults have high blood pressure by their mid-50s

New layers in research, treatment of sickle cell trait and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African Americans – but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn’t.

It’s a new layer on the study and treatment of these inherited conditions affecting red blood cells, and experts say it should […]

June 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New layers in research, treatment of sickle cell trait and stroke

Stress linked to behaviors that increase heart disease, stroke risk in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Daily stressors are associated with poor health behaviors that put African-American adults at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study finds.

The results suggest that primary care doctors, cardiologists and other health care providers should ask their patients about stress to help them […]

June 5th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Prevention, Research, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Stress linked to behaviors that increase heart disease, stroke risk in African-Americans

Blood test could offer life-and-death clues for African-American diabetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Testing blood for a biological marker called suPAR could help better assess the risk of death among African-Americans with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

SuPAR, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor, is a protein marker that indicates inflammation in the blood. Scientists have […]

May 1st, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blood test could offer life-and-death clues for African-American diabetics

How black cardiologists are combating a heart problem affecting millions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doctors and African-American communities are obligated to learn more about heart valve disease and the lifesaving procedures available to treat it, according to a report from the Association of Black Cardiologists.

“It is incumbent upon us as health care providers [to] do a better job educating […]

April 26th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, multicultural, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on How black cardiologists are combating a heart problem affecting millions

Smoking tied to increased heart failure risk in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

African-American adults who smoke are at higher risk of being hospitalized with heart failure than those who used to smoke or have never smoked, a new study shows.

For people who smoke, the results “should add more fuel to the discussion” about quitting, said the study’s […]

April 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Research, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Smoking tied to increased heart failure risk in African-Americans

Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ryan Dunn said he always noticed a common issue as a social entrepreneur helping children in Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina: Sugar was everywhere but healthy options were scarce.

“You see these kids going to school every day with a [soda and candy] bar and then […]

February 28th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, multicultural, Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives

New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While heart disease and stroke — and deaths from those diseases — have declined in the United States in recent decades, those advances have not been shared equally in the African-American community. A panel of experts has been trying to find out why.

The result is […]

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the Great Recession left the U.S. economy in turmoil, the financial crisis also delivered a blow to the health of African-American teens, a new study finds.

The risk of metabolic syndrome, a common cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, was found to be […]

September 6th, 2017|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]