Heart Healthy Blog by Boston Heart

Bridging the Racial Gap in Heart Disease

Posted by Michael Dansinger, MD on Feb 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Each February we celebrate both Black History Month and Heart Month. This is a great opportunity to reaffirm the importance of working together as a society that fights against avoidable deaths including premature heart disease. In African Americans, avoidable deaths from premature heart disease are especially common and death from all cardiovascular disease is 33% higher than in the general population. Ethnic minority populations face barriers to heart disease diagnosis and care, receive lower quality treatment, and experience worse health outcomes than the general population. This is not acceptable, and I would like to applaud and celebrate those individuals and organizations that are working hard to help understand and bridge the racial gap in heart disease.

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, CVD Testing, Men's Health, Empowerment, Women's Health

Having a Heart to Heart with Your Parents

Posted by Victoria Smiley on Mar 24, 2016 11:35:00 AM

Growing up in North Carolina, I can tell you that nothing is better than mom’s fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits with a cold, refreshing glass of sweet tea. Now that I’m a little older, I realize these foods are not the best for my heart health. I also understand that my parents are growing older too and continue to make these high fat and sugary foods a regular part of their diet. Speaking with them about their choices and daily habits can be intimidating, but I want them to understand that the choices they make every day have a lasting effect on their heart and overall health. So what is important for me to tell them and what is the best way to get the point across?

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Topics: CVD Testing, Men's Health, Empowerment, Women's Health

The Guidelines Will Kill You.  No, Really…if You are a Woman, They Will.

Posted by Susan Hertzberg, Boston Heart CEO on Feb 4, 2016 11:30:00 AM

For the first time ever, the American Heart Association issued a scientific statement on heart attacks in women, saying in part that “women are understudied, underdiagnosed and undertreated.”  The statement, published in Circulation, concluded that the undertreatment with guideline-based recommendations is “leading to worse outcomes and increased rates of readmissions, reinfarctions and deaths in the first year after MI.” 

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, CVD Testing, Women's Health