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I consider myself to be a Caucasian Female. Upon researching on a health disparity that is prevalent among the group I identify with, I came across data that stated cardiovascular disease is one of the top leading causes of death in white females living in the United States. Heart disease is common among women and men but more women die of the disease each year. Symptoms and risk factors are different between men and women. Some risk factors that can cause heart disease among women include depression and mental stress thus women’s hearts are affected more than men’s. Smoking also poses a greater risk for heart disease in women. According to data Non-Hispanic white students were more likely than Hispanic or non-Hispanic black students to report tobacco use. Factors such as physical activity and diet can affect the risk of heart disease. Research from the American Heart Association found that the prevalence of inactivity was highest among black (26.7%) and Hispanic (21.3%) girls followed by white girls (13.7%). Genetic factors can play a big role in the cause of a disease but diet and lack of exercise are also important factors that can cause heart disease if someone is inactive or has poor nutrition. As mentioned in lecture, BiDil is a prescription drug that was made to be more effective among the African American race. This causes controversy in the science community because many believe that race can only be found out by asking someone what they identify with or by examining their physical attributes such as the color of their skin. Many scientists believe race cannot be identified through genetic testing or other biological means therefore, race targeting drugs would not be any more effective in the Black community or any other specific race for that matter. Genetics are important in causing disease but many other factors affect health such as socioeconomic status, wealth, etc. Disparities that exist among different races do not only occur due to genetics but the other factors play a huge role.
“Whites and Cardiovascular Disease.” American Heart Association. 2013.
May Clinic staff. “Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors”. Mayo Clinic. January 12, 2011.