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African Americans and Heart Disease: Guide

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February is Black History Month and American Heart Month. This library Research Guide was created in collaboration with the Office of Student Well-Being and Support, and it includes a selection of resources on heart health and African Americans. 

Books & eBooks

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Learn how to protect your heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, but the death rate is higher for African Americans than for whites. Learn how to protect your heart.

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Know the risk factors you can control.

Heart disease risk factors you can control include diabetes, heavy drinking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical activity, lack of sleep, sleep apnea, being overweight, smoking, and stress.

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Check your blood pressure.

Track your blood pressure numbers. 

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Stay active.

Learn to keep your heart healthy by taking the stairs instead of the elevators and taking walk breaks throughout the day.

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Know the heart attack warning signs.

Act fact. Call 9-1-1 if you have chest pain that hurts or feel squeezed; discomfort in one or both arms, back, or stomach; neck, shoulder, or jaw pain; you feel like you cannot breathe; or, you feel dizzy, light-headed, and break out in a cold sweat.

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Talk to your healthcare provider.

Discuss your risks for heart disease and how you can take steps to prevent it.

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Get the facts.

Learn how to keep your heart healthy.

Streaming Videos

UCLA Health. (2022, October 27). Lowering Risk of Heart disease in African Americans. [Video]. YouTube.


Scholarly Articles