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Search | Food Deserts in South Florida Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

By Johnny Archer Published February 25, 2021 Updated on February 26, 2021 at 6:57 pm

According to Isis Zambrana, board president of the American Heart Association of South Florida, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area has the highest number of people living in food deserts in the state.

Miami Gardens resident Zelma Chisholm has defied the odds: she’s had a heart attack three times, and is still alive to talk about it.

“You think you’re going to die,” Chisholm told NBC 6. “That’s the first thing that comes to your mind.”

The 77-year-old lives with cardiovascular disease, which is the number one killer in the world. Each year, about 17.9 million people die from it. It’s also the number one killer of women and Black people in America.

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