Health Disparities Of African Americans

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Health Disparities of African Americans
Carrie Root
Cleveland State University

In today’s society, there are many different factors that can contribute to one’s overall health and well-being. Since there are so many different factors that can affect one’s health, there are inequalities that exist among people and this is knows as health disparity. "Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States” (Nhlbi.nih.gov, 2015). Health disparities can be associated with factors such as: socioeconomic status, education, gender, race, ethnicity, age, mental health, and religion. There are certain health problems that can affect different groups more than others, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS (Surgeongeneral.gov, 2015). One example of a specific population in the United States that is affected by health disparities is the African American Population. While African Americans are affected by various health disparities, one that affects this population more prominently is heart disease.

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is a condition in which the blood vessels can become either narrowed or blocked (BHL Center, 2015). Some examples of cardiovascular diseases are: stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and heart failure. Cardiovascular disease is…
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