Being Black And Living With A Heart With Problems

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Ashlee’ Robinson
Professor Elliott
English 100
11 December 2013
Being Black and Living with a Heart with Problems
According to the National Institution of Health News, as many as 1 in 100 black men and women develop heart failure before the age of 50, 20 times the rate in whites in this age group, heart failure developed in black participants at an average age of 39, often preceded by risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and chronic kidney 10 to 20 years earlier. Black mean that most likely developed heart failure were either obese or had diabetes when they were younger.
According to the CDC of Vital Health Statistics, 60.1% of African-American males are overweight. Religion, culture, history, friends, family, and
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Many kids now are to electronically smart and attached to their electronics soon if parents don’t take action more of our children will become obese along with developing the problems that come along with being obese. According to the American Diabetes Association 14.7 or 3.7million of All African Americans ages 20 years or older have diabetes: 20-80% of African American males have or will develop diabetes, those with type 2 diabetes 80-90% are obese. Hypertension is also a risk factor that plays a role in congestive heart failure. According to WebMD, high rates of high blood pressure in African-Americans may be due to the genetic make-up of people of African descent. It is stated that about 41% of blacks in the United States have high blood pressure compared to the 21% of whites with high blood pressure. Also blacks living in the United States are known to have the highest obesity rate than of any other country.
Congestive heart failure is when the heart weakens and the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body, or enough oxygen to the lungs. The picture shows a healthy heart and the proper flow and a heart that has the condition congestive heart failure. You can see that the heart on the left is slightly bigger in a sense. The condition narrows the arteries in the heart causing it hard to pump blood throughout the body. The symptoms of CHF: shortness of breath when laying down, fatique and weakness, edema (swelling of any organ or body
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