Heart disease is the leading cause of death in all women across the United States.
But, for certain groups – risk factors and rates of disease are higher than others – and according to one doctor, awareness and health education may be lacking in some areas.
Dr. Nakela Cook, a cardiologist and chief of staff for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently sat down to discuss this topic with Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com.Cook noted, like so many other diseases, heart disease does not discriminate – and it doesn’t matter what you wear, who you are or where you live. But, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and help educate those around you.
“African-American and Latino women – we know there is a higher prevalence of being overweight or obese,” Cook said. “Diabetes also has a high rate in these populations, so they do contribute.”
Cook said this is a result of multiple factors: African-Americans tend to have a higher propensity toward development of high blood pressure, but they also, once they have the disease, have worse outcomes from the disease.