How we live and how we eat is a product of our environment and our culture. Many times the food that we grew up with is the comfort food of today, which is not only part of how we felt love, but part of what is unhealthy for us. Some cultures’ cuisines are riddled with fat and carbohydrates, and it becomes challenging to separate ourselves from what we grew up with. For many women of color, putting the needs of everyone else before their own, is part of the learned behavior. Hypertension is the greatest problem for women of color, including obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol. Getting down to the basics and knowing that how we are living may be leading to heart disease: steps need to be taken to break the cycle. It is known that African-American women and Hispanic women have as much as a 69% higher risk of heart disease than Caucasian women due to all these risk factors. Careful analysis of risk factors and lifestyle issues need to be taken, and knowing certain medications don’t work as well in women of color can lead to a road of success in preventing heart disease.