Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African-American women annually, according to the American Heart Association. Yet, due to a number of factors, from access to healthcare to distrust of the medical community, we continue to overlook, ignore, or be unaware of warning signs and symptoms of heart disease.

To help close the gap between Black women’s high-risk for stroke and other cardiac episodes and our many avenues for prevention, we asked Arabia Mollette, MD, a Black female Emergency Medicine physician, to break down what Black women need to know about heart disease for Heart Disease Month this February. Check out the video above to learn about your own risk factors and how to mitigate them.

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