March 15, 2023

Black Adults Have a Unique Need for Preventive Heart Care

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Clinically reviewed by: Dr. Steven Heatherly

Everyone’s heart is unique. And as a physician, I can tell you that the more you know about your one-of-a-kind heart, the better you can take care of it. While nothing can replace talking with your own healthcare provider, here is some information that will help you become more heart smart.

Understanding the uniqueness of your heart is key to effective care. While statistics may highlight higher risks for heart disease among black adults, recent studies show that it's not about race but rather social, lifestyle factors, and medical care differences influencing heart health. This crucial insight empowers you to take proactive steps.

Preventive care plays a pivotal role in improving heart health, especially for black adults. Regular primary care visits and annual wellness checkups are essential. Early detection and management of health issues can prevent serious consequences like heart attacks or strokes. Your primary care provider can also offer personalized advice on exercise and eating habits for better heart protection.

It's vital to recognize your risk, even if skepticism prevails. Studies reveal a significant disparity between perceived risk and actual prevalence. For instance, nearly 50% of black women aged 20 and older have heart diseases, though only one in five believes she is personally at risk.

Take charge of your heart health by prioritizing regular checkups and consulting with your primary care provider. Baptist Health is here to support you on this journey. If you don't have a provider yet, we can help you find one dedicated to personalized care tailored to your unique heart needs. Your heart's health is worth the investment.

Choose Baptist Health for specialized care centered on you and your one-of-a-kind heart.

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