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New Survey Shows African-Americans Are Concerned With Heart Health but Unaware of Link to Brain Health
Date:2/12/2008

rt of normal aging, age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. So it is important that African-Americans take steps now to decrease their risk of heart disease, which research has shown could also decrease the risk of cognitive decline."

Did You Know?

-- Compared to the general public, African-Americans have a higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and vascular dementia.

-- More than 40 percent of African-Americans have high blood pressure and are at risk for stroke, which can lead to greater risk for developing Alzheimer's.

-- African-Americans, as a group, are at greater risk for heart disease and stroke.

-- Every year more than 100,000 African-Americans have a stroke.

-- Having high cholesterol increases the risk for stroke and may increase the risk for Alzheimer's.

Survey Results

-- African-Americans are concerned about the risk of both heart disease and Alzheimer's.

-- One-third (33 percent) of African-Americans report being diagnosed with high blood pressure, and about one in five (22 percent) report being diagnosed with high cholesterol.

-- Large majorities of African-Americans have been diagnosed or are personally concerned about cardiovascular and other related conditions. Diseases and levels of concern are: high blood pressure (74 percent diagnosed or concerned); heart disease (65 percent diagnosed or concerned); and high cholesterol (64 percent diagnosed or concerned).

-- Two out of five (40 percent) African-Americans are concerned about developing Alzheimer's. Over one-quarter (28 percent) know a family member or friend who has it.

-- More than half of African-Americans (54 percent) know that they are at greater risk for heart disease, but fewer than one in ten (8 percent) know that they have a higher risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer's.

- Fewer than one in 10 African-Americans know that cardiovascular and other related dise
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