Navigation Links
Spirit of the Heart: Preventing Cardiovascular Disease: A Community Call to Action

Association of Black Cardiologists and African American Churches Reach Out

to Educate Community about Heart Health

Heart Attacks, Strokes Hit African Americans Disproportionately

CHICAGO, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC) will team up with African American churches in the Chicago area Sunday, April 20, to help educate people about heart health and provide screenings for those at risk.

On that day, 13 participating churches will each host a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists to talk about heart health during their Sunday services. Salem Baptist Church of Chicago and Jesus Name Apostolic Church of Waukegan, in cooperation with Advocate Health Care and Lake Forest Hospital CareCoach, will offer health screenings to members of their congregations and members of the community. The screening events will take place at Salem Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and at Jesus Name Apostolic Church the screening schedule is from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

"It is essential people understand that heart disease is preventable, and heart healthy practices are important for longevity," said Kim A. Williams, MD, Chair of the Board of ABC, and Professor of Medicine, Director, Nuclear Cardiology at University of Chicago. "Regular screening for blood pressure and cholesterol levels including LDL, HDL and triglycerides is especially important because people with these conditions often don't have any symptoms. Too many of our people are dying too young because of undiagnosed and untreated heart disease."

Each day 110 Illinoisans lose their lives to cardiovascular disease, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health's Web site. ABC believes that "children should know their grandparents" and has developed a series of materials for African Americans to educate them about healthy living, lifestyle choices and heart health. Materials are available at their Web site

The Sunday educational and screening events follow a community leaders forum the previous day, also hosted by ABC, featuring a call-to-action from ABC members and leaders from the Chicago community including Dr. Terry Mason, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Linda Murray, Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Health and Dr. Sandra Burke of the American Heart Association.

The ABC, located in Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1974 to bring special attention to the adverse impact of cardiovascular disease on African Americans. A nonprofit organization, the ABC has an international membership of more than 600 health care professionals and is holding Spirit of the Heart on cooperation with Minority Health Month, a well-organized effort to eliminate health disparities across the country. The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. For more information, call 800-753-9222 or visit

SOURCE The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Spirit II explores long-term performance of XIENCE V stent
2. Spiritual Health Experts Speak at Chaplains Conference in Pittsburgh March 8-12
3. Most Psychiatrists Open to Discussing Spiritual Concerns
4. Health Care Bill Omits Access to Spiritual Care
5. New Yorkers Deserve Access to Spiritually Based Healing
6. Spirituality Helps Older Black Women Beat Hypertension
7. Living Your Best Life: Adjusting Mind, Body and Spirit
8. Special Olympics Special Spirit in China Award Of Excellence Presented to Dedicated Friends of Special Olympics and City of Shanghai
9. Wine, women and... spirits, beer and breast cancer risk
10. USA TODAY Concludes Spirit of the USA Charity Program as Part of Newspapers 25th Anniversary Celebration
11. Spiritual Healer/Psychic-Medium Reaches International Status!
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent freestanding ... of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce Dr. ... James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , Dr. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the ... to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The ... Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... To deal with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or ... Center of Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... International Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant ... of the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA ... the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer ... ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... DUBLIN , June 24, 2016 ... addition of the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart ... Integrated Photovoltaics Structural electronics involves ... as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American ... function testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments ... ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients are no ...  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne ... needed testing done in the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)...   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: PULM ... announced today that it was added to the Russell ... comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on ... milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer Robert ... progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical needs, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: