In light of the epidemic of heart disease, especially in the Black community, an entrepreneur diversified his business to invent something to stave heart disease mortality.
Heart disease is the leading killer of all Americans, and stroke in particular is the number-one cause of death according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease is a term that refers to several different types of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), and data has shown for years that it abounds to the extent of killing millions of people every year. The effects of heart disease are felt widely across the world, yet evidence suggests that the majority of CVDs are quite treatable.
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For the most part, health organizations all over the world are constantly aiming to take measures that will observably diminish heart disease fatalities, but it is of particular detriment to the African-American community, which is greatly afflicted with heart disease every year; likewise, women are another even larger demographic distinctly more susceptible to heart disease according to modern data.
Genetic research makes very slow progress toward answering the most vexing questions about heart disease and its risk factors, and Blacks are socioeconomically marginalized in the healthcare industry either due to financial constraint or an ideological aversion to Western medicine born of skepticism; both the field of genetics and the socioeconomic marginalization of Blacks are the major obstacles to treating and preventing heart disease among African Americans more efficiently.
“Something had to be done. I have suffered many losses with family members and friends, decided it was time to get proactive and invent the Life E (Eternal)-Bracelet which will save lives in real time and promote self-care,” said Jemiah Battle, inventor of the Life E-Bracelet and CEO of VK3 Innovations. The bracelet is still a project in need of licensing and funds to pursue it as well as for operating expenses and marketing distribution.
Jemiah Battle is also a transformational, emotional life coach as well as an author, and he has charged himself with revolutionizing the world by way of his popular, emotional fitness workshops. “My company specializes in bringing life changing products and innovations to the market in a bid to improve, safeguard, and enhance one’s health and mental well being through self care. The goal is to create awareness, through information, about heart disease in the black community; and how minorities, especially women, are at high risk of stroke or heart attack through education. I think the Life E-Bracelet can help save many lives, bring mindfulness to stress, emotional health, and wellness.
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“As human beings, we are all at risk for a heart attack. Self care is not taught in the minority community. My goal is to exponentially lower the statistics, save lives with the Life E-Bracelet,” Battle explains, alluding to the health disparities that make African Americans inordinately susceptible to hypertension. The product recently was awarded a provisional patent, the first of its kind as a wristband watching vital signs and alerting users to fluctuations in the risk for heart attack. As a Black entrepreneur, Armelagos aims to significantly impact heart disease statistics in the Black community in a positive way.
George Armelagos (1936-2014), an American anthropology professor at Atlanta, Georgia’s Emory University, advocated what he terms “the slavery hypertension hypothesis,” which was first postulated by two other researchers, Wilson and Grim, who, firstly, observed that African Americans seem to be genetically inclined toward vitally detrimental, elevated blood pressure and, secondly, hypothesized as to why this is so. Armelagos attributed the hypothesis itself to Wilson and Grim, arguing that Blacks are genetically predisposed toward hypertension as a consequence of the intense, natural selection that occurred on the slave ships on transit across the Atlantic.
The Middle Passage is argued by many afrocentrists across a broad variety of fields to have directly impacted the health of a new race of people because those who survived the Middle Passage were theoretically the only ones with the biological makeup to survive the grueling trip in the unforgiving conditions Whites imposed upon them, and this biological composition is most pertinently fraught with the inclination toward hypertension.
Armelagos argued further, “The biological changes resulted from a genetic bottleneck that was marked by mechanisms that conserved salt in those that survived the infectious diseases that caused diarrhea and vomiting.” Since all African Americans are the descendants of these survivors, they too carry the same biological, salt-conservative mechanisms, which is what makes them so likely to incur high blood pressure as well as its many consequences at one point or another in life.
The lethal intersectionality of heart disease considerably disadvantages Black women more than almost any other demographic on the planet. According to the American Heart Association, researchers are saying that there is evidence to suggest a specific gene or set of genes may make African-American women more sensitive to salt intake than anyone else, effectually raising the risk of high blood pressure. Obviously, this factors significantly (although immeasurably) into how great the risk for heart disease is among Black women.
For the sake of context, CVDs cause 50,000 deaths every year among specifically the female, African-American demographic. This represents a massive death toll that is only assuaged by Black reproduction, replacing those who are lost. Of 300 million Americans, Blacks comprise only about 13%, and women account for half of the resulting quotient.
If every decade kills half a million Black women each decade, then in each decade Black women have considerably fewer members but also cannot afford to lose large numbers to anything else like police brutality, birth-related mortality, drug abuse, suicide, or homicide, or the African-American population will no longer be able to so much as break even from year to year, eventually trending imperceptibly slowly toward extinction.