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Minority Heart Health

African American women
  • African American women have almost two times the risk of stroke than caucasians, and are more likely to die at an earlier age when compared to women of other ethnicities.  Here are a few unsettling stats from the American Heart Association:
  • Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African American women annually.
  • Of African American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases.
  • Only 1 in 5 African American women believes she is personally at risk.
  • Only 52 percent of African American women know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Only 36 percent of African American women are aware that heart disease is their greatest health risk.
Hispanic women
  • To address heart disease issues, the American Heart Association launched Go Red Por Tu Corazón, promoting a heart healthy lifestyle among Hispanic women and building upon the strong ties to family and cultural traditions.
  • Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.
  • Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
  • Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
  • Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.
  • Hispanic women are more likely to take preventive actions for their family when it comes to heart health.

These statistics represent only a fraction of the 2012 report featured in Circulation. To view the full findings, download a copy of the Heart Disease and Stroke 2012 Statistical Update.