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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and has been for several decades. Every 80 seconds, someone dies of heart disease. But 80% of those deaths are preventable. And while heart disease affects people of all demographics, our country’s multicultural population is at a disproportionally high risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. On this episode, we’re joined by Jessica Hover of the American Heart Association. Jessica is the Development Director for the Toledo, OH chapter of the American Heart Association. Jessica explains how different minority groups are uniquely affected by heart disease, and the various contributing factors for each group – with genetics only accounting for about 20%. She also shares statistics that covey the importance of increased awareness and education, as well as a variety of initiatives and resources put in place to improve heart health among minority populations. For links to more information on heart disease and how it affects minorities, check out the show notes at

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