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Each month Edwards Chapel recognizes a different public health issue. In Feburary, we go red for heart health.
You may know that heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. But did you know that the risks are higher for Black Americans?
Black women (49%) and black men (44%) have higher rates of heart disease than white men (37%) and white women (32%)
Between the ages of 45 and 64, black men have a 70% higher risk and black women have a 50% greater risk of developing heart failure than white men and women.
The earlier onset of heart failure menas higher riates of hospitalization, earlier disability, and higher rates of premature death (death before the age of 65) for Black Americans.
The annual rate of first heart attacks and first strokes is higher for Black Americans that White Americans.
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