WCVB Channel 5 Boston’s CityLine examines the impact of racism on heart disease

WCVB News Channel 5’s CityLine program took a deep dive into the intersection of racism and heart disease, shedding light on the alarming disparities faced by Black women in particular. Hosted by Karen Holmes Ward, the segment featured insights from experts in the medical field, offering crucial perspectives on the external factors contributing to the high incidence of heart disease among Black women.

Dr. Shanshan Sheehy, a distinguished researcher from the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, unveiled new findings highlighting the multifaceted influences of racism on cardiovascular health.

Moreover, Dr. Nasrien Ibrahim, a renowned heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, shared practical strategies aimed at promoting heart health within marginalized communities. Drawing from the American Heart Association’s Life’s Essential 8 guidelines, Dr. Ibrahim highlighted the significance of lifestyle modifications and preventive measures in mitigating the risk of heart disease.

Watch the clip below.