According to PubMed Heart Disease is referred to as a narrowing of blood vessels that supply the heart with critical nutrients such as oxygen. These arteries narrow because of the cholesterol that is produced and ingested by the individual. The fat molecules stick to each other and even the side of the blood vessel at random points. When the fats stick and form a plaque it continues to grow until it potentially blocks of a vessel, which would result in an heart attack. This is a health issue that affects many Americans overall because of the foods they are provided with a home are not extremely nutritious.
I choose to work with the heart disease a disparity because I am very much interested in Cardiology as I mention in my introduction post. Also I feel that by potentially creating some community based programs the prevalence of the disparity could be reduced. When looking at African-American culture we see that having some excess weight is considered a good thing to show that you can afford to sustain yourself and also it is usually attractive to males of the same culture. This sort of mentality makes is more difficult to get African-Americans to go on diets, and/or exercise regularly. Foods that are normally found in an African-American household does not help to prevent heart disease either. The foods tend to be those that are high in fat, sugar, and salt (for example: cheese, shortening, etc). When foods have a high fat content it can cause a rise in cholesterol which will slowly narrow major arteries over time. Many neighborhoods on the social extremes are homogeneous therefore these poor lifestyle patterns are protected because many of those that the individual is surrounded by believe the opposite of clinicians thereby continuing the health issue.
Race, genetics, and health are definitely connected to each other in a very complicated fashion. These three things are affected by outside sources as well as affecting each other. For example depending on your race you may have either experienced or witnessed racism in a health care setting which may have put you off from receiving preventive care. Therefore it is common for you to experience a disease much further along. For example African-American men and prostate cancer, when these men are diagnosed with the affliction it is often in one of its later stages because they may not be comfortable having the routine check done. Genes can also impact the health because certain diseases are passed down through the family like sickle cell anemia. This means that environmental and other outside factors are not going to prevent someone from getting the illness.