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Striving for Healthy Hearts Among the Black Community


Nearly one in three adults – over eight million Californians – are living with at least one of the most common forms of cardiovascular disease which are heart disease, heart failure, stroke, or hypertension (high blood pressure).

In San Diego County, it is the leading cause of death among the Black and African American community. Nationally, a staggering 48% of women and 44% of men in the black community are affected by hypertension and heart disease.

Talking with your loved ones about health can be difficult, but high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked, because most of the time there are no obvious symptoms. Remind your family to get checked and understand what your numbers mean.


To locate your nearest screening site using the map, use one of the options below:

  1. Click the pink search box and type in your address, city, or zip code,
  2. Click within the map to automatically zoom to the area selected, or
  3. For mobile users, click on the 'Find My Location' icon in the top right corner to have the map zoom to your current location.

Click on a 'heart' icon to find a site's scheduled date, time, and address.

Click on a 'book' icon to find a Read Your Beats blood pressure self-check station.

Helpful Heart Resources for Black & African American Communities