Here’s Why Black People Are More Likely to Experience Heart Failure

SELF, Sep 5, 2023

The health care system has a lot of biases that are baked right in, but that’s far from the only issue.

By Sara Gaynes Levy

Medically reviewed by Kevin S. Shah, MD

Take a second to imagine your heart “failing.” You probably picture a lively, beating organ suddenly going quiet, losing its steady rhythm, and stopping blood flow in its tracks. But the term heart failure is easily misunderstood. It insinuates that the heart has completely shut down, but what’s really happening is it isn’t pumping blood as well as it should for your body’s needs. Your heart’s still going, but it’s struggling.