*Heart disease has replaced cancer as the number one killer of Americans.

In fact, a new report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says nearly half of Americans have one or more of the conditions which place them at risk for developing heart disease. Those conditions are hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol and diabetes.

However, the new report finds racial and ethnic variants in the risk factors. For example, African Americans were more likely to have hypertension, while whites had the highest proportion of high cholesterol and Hispanic Americans were more likely to have diabetes.

African Americans were also more likely to have more than one of the conditions. Additional information about heart disease and ways to combat it are available online at Mayo Clinic Health Library. (Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.com)