Healthy Hearts in Every Community
Good afternoon. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women and it disproportionately affects African-American women and men. Heart disease claims more than six hundred and thirty-five thousand two hundred and sixty (635,260) American lives in 2016. This means that one in every four United States individuals died of heart disease in 2016.
I have seen firsthand the profound and lasting effects of access to all aspects of a good cardiovascular health and I have also seen the devastating effects of a lack of access. This experience is the foundation of my comments today.