With the unfortunate passing of Michael Clarke Duncan over the weekend, heart disease and the heart attack has been given a new face for the African American community.
According to the Office of Minority Health, African American adults are 40% more likely to have high blood pressure and they are 10% less likely than their non-Hispanic White counterparts to have their blood pressure under control.
Mr. Duncan, a seemingly healthy individual, passed from complications due to a heart attack he received earlier in the year.
Because heart disease have a “look” associated with it, do you know if you are at risk for a heart attack?
Are you familiar with the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?
Are you practicing a heart-healthy lifestyle?
Symptoms of a heart attack can include any of the following:
Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
Chest pain or discomfort.
Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
Shortness of breath.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911.
Here are a few ways you can prevent a heart attack:
Reduce cholesterol intake
Lower high blood pressure
Maintain a healthy weight
If you have any questions about your heart or health issues, please consult a doctor or your primary care physician.