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Blacks and Heart Attacks
2007-02-01

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African Americans who have suffered heart attacks consider their experiences to be a 'wake-up calls' that leads to reevaluating priorities, growing closer to faith and recognizing the importance of strong heart health behaviors, Black PR Wire reported.

While a majority of those surveyed view their heart attack as a second chance at life, the results surprisingly indicate that nearly 30 percent of Blacks state they are not doing everything they can to avoid another heart attack. In fact, 27 percent of African-Americans do not even take their heart medications exactly as prescribed by their physicians after their heart attack.

Approximately half of the heart attack survivor's surveyed report there is not enough information available about preventing future heart attacks or what to do after having one. Overall, the survey finds that while African-American heart attack survivors look at their heart attack as a wake-up call, they lack information to prevent a second incident.


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