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African-American Women and Cardiovascular Disease
An examination of why African-American women suffer greater cardiovascular disease than the general population.
# 106352 | 1,769 words | 20 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 31, 2008 in Medical and Health (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper examines the race-associated differences in health outcomes among African-American women with CVD (Cardiovascular Disease). The paper explains that African Americans suffer greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, and women women suffer cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease in greater numbers than men. The combination of the two: African-American women, suffer greater cardiovascular disease than the general population in the United States. The paper demonstrates that the above statements are true, and analyzes the causes for this discrepancy in cardiovascular diagnosis and care. The paper then looks at both the demographic as well as the socioeconomic and ethnological reasons for the difference in cardiovascular care. The paper also points out that women experience a greater amount of heart disease, and a lower level of treatment than men. This paper examines the reasons for that discrepancy as well.

Table of Contents:
Underlying Causes of Heart Disease
African-American Women and Heart Disease
Lifestyle, Heredity and Demographics
Differences in Medical Care
Differences in Demographics
Women's Lower Rate of CHD Treatment
African American Distrust of Physicians and the Medical System

From the Paper:

"Although death from coronary heart disease (CHD) is declining for both African Americans and white Americans, the rates are declining faster for white Americans than their Black counterparts. According to the AHA, the incidence of deaths by whites from CHD has declined 46% and 40% for white men and women, respectively, while it has declined 33% and 27% for African American men and women respectively from 1979 to 2002 (AORN, 2002). The AHA posited that the lower decline in the death rate from CHD for African Americans was due primarily to heredity and life style habits."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AORN. (2002). Incidence of heart disease death high for African Americans . AORN Journal , n.p.
  • CDC. (2006). Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Isolation as Determinants of Participation in Public Health Surveillance Surveys. Atlanta: CDC.
  • CDC. (2006). Rate of Heart Disease Deaths in the United States. Atlanta: CDC.
  • Detrano, R. (2003). The ethnic-specific natureof mechanisms forcoronary heart disease. JACC , 41-46.
  • Donnelly, K. (2007). Is Your State Overweight? MSN Health and Fitness , p. n.p.

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