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Heart Disease: Taking a Toll on Women and African-Americans

African-American Woman

According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack. Another 470,000 who have already had one, have another one. Those numbers are even more staggering when broken down into groups.

Women and Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of women over age 25. Women may experience warning signs weeks, months, and even years before having a heart attack. There may be significant differences in the symptoms displayed by women and men. Women who may have heart disease are more likely to experience trouble sleeping, unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, and anxiety.

African Americans and Heart Disease

Heart disease causes more deaths in Americans of all racial and ethnic groups than any other disease. However, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease and more likely to die from it. Although African American adults are 40% more likely to have high blood pressure, they are 10% less likely than non-Hispanic whites to have their blood pressure under control.

Take charge of your health by working with your doctor to address risk factors and assess your lifestyle.

Remember, even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out by your doctor because time is of the essence. Don't wait more than five minutes to call 911.

Drexel Cardiology

Drexel Cardiology provides outstanding heart care and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, while adhering to the highest standards of patient care. Our cardiologists specialize in heart attack, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, irregular heartbeats and advanced heart failure. Drexel Cardiology also offers comprehensive risk assessment to those who wish to prevent cardiac disease before symptoms arise.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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