Heart Health Month

Don’t miss the signs of a heart attack. What are they for men? What are they for women? How to be the best health advocate for yourself when it comes to heart disease.

Each of us has had some connection to heart disease.  It could be a family member, a friend, a co-worker… even you.  During Heart Health Month we re-examine the issues and provide you with information you need.


Dr. Yolanda Lewis-Ragland, Family, Fitness & Wellness: https://www.dryolandamd.com/

Florence Champagne, Open My Heart Foundation:  http://www.openmyheartfoundation.org/

Heart Disease In Black Women: Ring The Alarm

Heart disease is the number one cause of both death and disability in women in the U.S. As a Black woman, you have an even higher chance of dying from heart disease—and at a younger age—compared to white women, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

How big of a problem is this? About 49% of African American women over age 20 have some type of heart disease, like:

  • Clogged arteries in the heart, arms, or legs

  • Stroke

  • High blood pressure

  • Angina (chest pain)

That means nearly 1 in every 2 Black women in the U.S. has heart disease.

Think about that for a second: If you’re sitting in a room with another Black woman, that means one of you might have some type of heart disease—and you don’t even know it.


Dr. Yolanda Lewis-Ragland, MD

Florence Champagne, Heart Disease Advocate