More Black Women are Dying of Heart Disease: Star Jones and Darlene Love Plan to Change That

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number killer of women in the US? That means 1 in 3 women are dying of heart disease nearly every minute.

But it doesn’t affect all women in the same ways, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. Even more importantly, these stats are only the tip of the iceberg.

“This is not just a white man’s disease anymore,” says American Heart Association spokesperson and Go Red for Women ambassador Star Jones. “I am the face of heart disease because I almost died from it.”

Her story is not unlike many other women’s.

The former View host was at the top of her game professionally and physically in 2010 or so she thought.

“After having my weight loss surgery and losing over 100 pounds, I thought my days of having physical challenges were over,” she said. “It wasn’t until I started experiencing some physical discomfort in her stomach and chest and went to the hospital did my doctor tell me my heart was essentially failing.”