African-Americans higher risk of suffering heart attack

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BIRMINGHAM, AL – Have a seat for this news: a study suggests African-Americans are more likely to die of a heart attack than whites.

Amazing, isn’t it? OK, now stand up. Sit down again, stand up, sit down… continue for a while this way, please.  That’s exactly what this problem is all about: lack of exercise and unhealthy routines.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham followed 25,000 adults for over four years.  Their conclusions: every year 4 in 1,000 black men died from heart disease, compared to 1.9 in 1,000 white men.  Among women, 2 in 1,000 blacks died of heart disease, compared to 1 in 1,000 whites.  According to other research, Latinos also show higher risks of developing heart issues.  Demographics might be changing in America, but seriously, it’s about time we changed some bad habits.

Besides exercise and eating healthy, what do doctors recommend?

You shouldn’t smoke, take steps to prevent diabetes, keep your cholesterol under control and keep your blood pressure under 120 and over 80. Are you taking notes?

At the same time, economic and educational disparities affecting different populations -resulting in poor access to preventive health programs, should be addressed too.  So now you know: it’s not the color of your skin that matters, but the character of your life-style choices.