HEALTH FOCUS: Women – Take Heart! presented by Roper St. Francis

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We all know that women have plenty of heart. We’re the big-hearted givers of hugs and high fives, the caretakers, the ones who’ll break your heart if you’re not careful, and the ones you run to when your heart aches. But it’s a lesser known fact that women, especially African American women, are also the ones at high risk for heart attack.

Heart attacks and strokes don’t discriminate – they happen to people of all ages, genders and races. However, some groups are at a higher risk. With more than two million heart attacks and strokes occurring each year in the U.S., it’s important to know your risk.

You could be at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke if you are:


  • Young or Old: Many people think heart disease is something that only happens to older people, but with 150,000 heart attack and stroke deaths occurring each year among people younger than 65, it’s important to know your risk at every age.
  • Female: Women have a higher rate of heart disease than men. In fact, heart disease is the #1 cause of death for women.
  • A Minority: African American men are 30% more likely to die from heart disease than white men. Minorities are also more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.


Take a quiz to learn your 10-year risk of a heart attack.


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