We all know that February is Black History Month, but did you know it's also American Heart Month?
Established in 2003, the timing of the health centric month is apropos since African American women are two times more likely to suffer from heart disease than non-black women
Diabetes, Hypertension, and high cholesterol are not hereditary, but bad eating habits and lifestyle choices are. Yes environment, and lack of immediate medical resources might be the cause of obesity in the Black community, but those factors shouldn't be excuses for you taking control of your life. If you can call several stores for those shoes or that dress you just have to have, then you can source information that will save your life.
Don't be ashamed to ask questions on how you can change the lifestyle of you and your family. Remember, you can't contribute to Black History if you're not around to create it.
Choose one of the following answers for each question: Yes, No, and Don't Know
1. Do you smoke? 2. Is your blood pressure 140/90 mmHg or higher, OR have you been told by your doctor that your blood pressure is too high? 3. Has your doctor told you that your total cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL or higher, OR your HDL (good cholesterol) is less than 40 mg/dL? 4. Has your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, OR has your mother or sister had one before age 65? 5. Do you have diabetes OR a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL or higher, OR do you need medicine to control your blood sugar? 6. Are you over 55 years old? 7. Do you have a body mass index (BMI) score of 25 or more? 8. Do you get less than a total of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days? 9. Has a doctor told you that you have angina (chest pains), OR have you had a heart attack?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're at an increased risk of having a heart attack.
Have questions on how you can make changes? We want to help you get answers. Log on February, 1 at 1P/12C for a special Twitter chat hosted by @CentricTV, @TheHeartTruth and @CardioSmart. Join the conversation using the hashtag #MyHeartChat.
For information year-round visit www.hearttruth.gov