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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Queen Latifah Tells Black Women How to Protect Their Hearts

Queen Latifah Tells Black Women How to Protect Their Hearts
Every year thousands of people die from Heart failure (HF). Award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and television producer Queen Latifah knows firsthand the importance of de-stressing, eating healthy, and taking care of yourself, and she has a few words for black women on how to protect their hearts from HF.

Latifah is not only the primary caregiver to her mother who is living with HF, but she is also spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Rise Above Heart Failure initiative since 2015. When her mother was diagnosed with HF, it was a turning point for Latifah, and it changed her life. Here is what she learned from her experience.

"The women who do too much sort of thing"

Latifah refers to how black women tend to take on more stress and just keep going in order to keep things together. As in her mother's case, it takes a toll on your health. Her advise is "We have to try to take care of ourselves and we really have to, you know, really just recognize that stress kills."

"To try to get some exercise. To try to eat healthier."

Latifah explains how they changed as a family when their mother was diagnosed with HF. They all changed their diets, restricting salt intake, and have all benefited from the change. She goes on to say that they now crave the healthier foods instead of what they were used to eating before.

"Awareness is the key"

Becoming aware of HF and what causes HF is important, stresses Latifah. Equally important are regular checkups. As she explains, "It doesn’t have to get to that critical point, is what the whole point is. Getting a regular check up is important."

Although HF is a chronic, progressive condition, it can be managed if it’s diagnosed and treated early. Take the heart failure quiz on The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization, web site at
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