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:
- Don’t smoke
- Reduce cholesterol intake
- Lower high blood pressure
- Exercise daily
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Manage diabetes
- Reduce stress
- Limit alcohol
If you have any questions about your heart or health issues, please consult a doctor or your primary care physician.