MPR News with Angela Davis

Lowering heart disease risk for Black Minnesotans 

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Controlling blood pressure is one way to reduce the risk of heart disease.
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Heart attack, stroke and other kinds of heart disease are the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

The risk of heart disease is even higher among Black Americans, who are two to three times as likely as whites to die from cardiovascular diseases.  The reasons for the vast disparity are complicated and include the toll of generational trauma and chronic stress. The good news is that most heart disease is preventable.   

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two cardiologists about addressing disparities and improving heart health in Black communities in Minnesota.  


  • Dr. LaPrincess Brewer is a cardiologist and assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her research focuses on heart disease prevention and testing new public health approaches to eliminating the racial disparities in cardiovascular disease. 

  • Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler is a cardiologist and medical director of health equity and health promotion at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation at Allina Health.

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