February marks the beginning of Black History Month a tribute to African American men and women and annual commemoration of their achievements throughout U.S. history. Coinciding with American Heart Month, which strives to raise awareness among the population about cardiovascular health and disease prevention, the month of February brings much needed attention to persisting gaps in heart health outcomes between racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Despite significant advances in risk factor identification and improved management strategies for CVD, racial disparities in CVD morbidity and mortality remain, disproportionately affecting the African American population.
Although CDC statistics reveal improvement in health care access, with 87.6% of the American population reporting having a usual place to visit for medical care, the U.S. still lags behind many comparable nations in the state of its health care system. Read more