Heart Disease: 4th of “Our Big 4 Special Targets”

For the past month, we have talked about the possible dangers of Health Power’s “Special Targets for Minority Health” – diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart disease. This week we are focusing on heart disease.image005

When you think about the fact that nearly half of all U.S. residents (49%) have at least one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke, you can understand why heart disease is one of our “Big 4 Special Targets”.  Furthermore, the other three targets – hypertension, diabetes, and obesity – are all major risk factors for heart disease, as are poor diet, physical inactivity, and smoking.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most races and ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and Whites. For Native Americans/American Indians or Alaska Natives and Asians or Pacific Islanders, heart disease is second only to cancer. Below are the percentages of all deaths caused by heart disease in 2008, listed by race or ethnicity.

heart_diseaseFor more information on heart disease and ways to prevent it, check out Health Power’s website Section on Heart Disease.

Information in our web section includes:

And as always, remember the Health Power motto: Knowledge + Action = Power! ®

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Other key sources for information on Heart Disease are: 

[1] Heart Disease and Race: http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/abouthds/risk-factors.html#hdRace
[2] Heart Disease Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm.

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