Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for African-American women, killing nearly 50,000 annually. Only 43% of African American women and 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk, compared with 60% of Caucasian women.
Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 49% have cardiovascular disease. Yet, only 20% believe they are at risk. Only 50% of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women. Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk. Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.