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Heart disease number one killer of African Americans

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Heart disease is the number one killer in Southwest Georgia and African Americans are most at risk, especially black women.

Georgia has one of the highest death rates from heart disease in the country, nine percent higher than the national rate.

Death rates were 1.3 times higher for blacks than whites in Georgia in 2007.

While some people are predisposed to heart disease, there are things you can do to improve your heart health.

"What we want people to concentrate on is the things they can modify. You can modify how you eat and what you eat and how much you eat. You can modify how active you are during the day," said District Health Director, Jacqueline Grant.

Quitting smoking, getting regular check-ups from your doctor and taking your medication for hypertension and high cholesterol can also help.

Dr. Grant says even doing just one of those activities can help improve heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.

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