Combating Heart Disease in the Black Community
Mar 30, 2022 Cedars-Sinai Staff
People in the Black community are at higher risk of developing the risk factors that can lead to heart disease, says Dr. Merije Chukumerije, a cardiologist at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai.
Dr. Chukumerije says that, especially for those in the Black community, it's important to intervene before the risk of heart disease increases.
"I definitely see a higher proportion of older patients who have a chronic disease, like coronary heart disease," Dr. Chukumerije says. "These health conditions don't just suddenly develop."
"As a healthcare provider, you have to understand what those in certain communities go through when they leave your medical office or clinic."
Barriers to healthcare and why cultural competency is key
Black Americans can be more at risk for heart disease for a variety reasons, such as socio-economic status, access to care and disparities in health equity.
Along with reducing barriers to healthcare, combating heart disease in the Black community also involves a certain level of cultural competency.
"As a healthcare provider, you have to understand what those in certain communities go through when they leave your medical office or clinic," Dr. Chukumerije says.
Read the full article on BlackDoctor.org.