||Cardiovascular heart disease
(CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States and throughout the world.
Although rates of CHD are declining in the developed world, the rate of decline is
significantly lower in African American men and women (1). Compared with other
ethnic/racial groups in the United States, black Americans have the highest age adjusted
CHD mortality rate (2). This lecture probes the scientific literature for the biological,
socioeconomic and epidemiological evidence of CHD in African American women. It also
explores the complex relationship between these variables and examines current strategies
for prevention and control of CHD as well as the scope for future research opportunities.