The Black Woman's Guide to a Healthy Heart

The Black Woman's Guide to a Healthy Heart

by Anne Taylor M.D., Association of Black Cardiologists
     
 

This important and informative work addresses the causes behind cardiovascular health disparities between black women and their while counterparts including poor diet, inadequate access to quality healthcare, and infrequent visits to the physician. More than simply diagnosing the problem, however, this guide empowers black women to take the necessary steps toward

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This important and informative work addresses the causes behind cardiovascular health disparities between black women and their while counterparts including poor diet, inadequate access to quality healthcare, and infrequent visits to the physician. More than simply diagnosing the problem, however, this guide empowers black women to take the necessary steps toward lowering their risk of heart attack and stroke, enables them to work more effectively with health care professionals, and informs them about risk factors and how to negotiate the health care system. A comprehensive list of resources is also provided.

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Library Journal
African American women are more likely to die from heart disease than women of other ethnic backgrounds, which is why Taylor (director, Assn. of Black Cardiologists' Women's Ctr.) emphasizes the risks that these women face. She describes the cardiovascular system's anatomy and its normal functions, the way in which damage can cause disease, and various risk factors. The family role of African American women is stressed, especially in maintaining children's health through exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, and spirituality. The true strength of this book lies in the final portion, which shows readers how to enter into a strong partnership with a healthcare team: how to select a qualified physician, when to consult the healthcare system, what should be expected from it, and how to get appropriate care. Appendixes include a health checklist, examples of questions to ask one's doctor, and resources of web sites and associations. Because of the book's strong emphasis on special issues for African American women, it is recommended where the population warrants.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971606760
Publisher:
Hilton Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Taylor, M.D., is a professor of medicine and the associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She is also the director of the Association of Black Cardiologists Woman's Center. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Association of Black Cardiologists is dedicated to reducing cardiovascular disease in the African American community. The association is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Association of Black Cardiologists is a not-for-profit volunteer organization made up of more than 800 African-American cardiologists and medical professionals.

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