Heart Disease, Stroke Cutting Black Lives Short

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 — Black Americans have a shorter life expectancy than whites, and higher rates of heart disease and stroke may be a major reason why, a new American Heart Association statement suggests.
In recent years, life expectancy for blacks was over three years less than for whites — 75.5 years vs. almost 79 years, according to the statement, which was based on a review of more than 300 studies.
Black people have a higher rate of heart attacks, sudden cardiac arrest, heart failure and strokes. Between 1999 and 2010, heart disease and stroke contributed to more than 2 million years of life lost among black people, the researchers said.
Heart disease and stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes also start at an earlier age among black people…

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