Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans; however, Black women in particular are at an increased risk.   Our Heart Study sought to understand why.

By responding to questions on health, stress and culture; participants helped researchers gain a better understanding of what factors are more likely to help protect Black women from developing heart disease and what factors are more likely to put them at risk.

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Our Heart Study

The purpose of Our Heart Study was to find out what Black women’s perspectives are regarding their heart disease risk. The researchers sought to investigate the influence of adverse childhood experiences, social support and coping on heart disease risk among Black women in the Stroke Belt states of North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida.  The goal was to understand how social support and stress related coping behaviors impact heart disease risk.

Our Heart Study included two phases. Phase one involved a focus group.  During the focus group, Black women provided their feedback on developing a questionnaire for collecting information on heart disease, adverse childhood experiences, social support and coping.

During the second phase, women completed an online questionnaire about heart disease, adverse childhood experiences, social support and coping.  Women who identified as Black and living in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida were eligible to complete the questionnaire.

Participation in Our Heart Study was voluntary.

Both phases are closed to enrollment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Study was Our Research Study?

Our Heart Study was a graduate student’s doctoral dissertation.

Who were the Study Investigators?

The Principal Investigator was Torhonda C. Lee, PhD, Associate Professor

Florida A&M University.

The Co-Principal Investigator was Windy Y. Cunningham, DrPH

Florida A&M University.

was this study approved?

This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Florida A&M University.

Who was Eligible to Participate?

Our Heart Study was for Black women over the age of 18 living in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida

How Many blakc women completed the Online Questionnaire?

More than 350 Black women completed the online questionnaire

How can I take the online questionnaire?

The study is now closed to enrollment.