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Quick Facts Women of Color should know:


For African-American women, the risk of heart disease is especially great. Heart disease is more prevalent among African-American women than Caucasian women, as are some of the factors that increase the risk of developing it—high blood pressure, overweight, and diabetes. Hispanic women also have high rates of some factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease, such as diabetes, overweight and obesity, and physical inactivity. More than 80 percent of midlife African-American women are overweight or obese, 52 percent have high blood pressure, and 14 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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