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Mayo Clinic: African Americans More Concerned About Heart Health

February 22, 2017 06:07 PM

(ABC 6 News)--Mayo Clinic is bringing attention to National Heart Health month with results from its annual Health Checkup, which gives doctors a better idea of the attitudes and behaviors of patients. 

The survey found African Americans are more concerned about heart health than caucasians and hispanics. 

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Medical Director John Wald, M.D. says they have a reason to be, "African Americans die at a significantly higher rate from heart disease than other Americans do. They have an increased risk of hypertension, obesity, diabetes, three key contributions to the disease process."

Wald also says that heart health should be a priority for everyone with heart disease being the number one killer of all Americans. 


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