Hispanic Americans

What Hispanic Americans Need to Know About Heart Disease

Hispanic and Latino Americans face higher risks of heart disease than White Americans because of high rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.1

Fast Facts: Hispanic Americans & Heart Disease

  • Diseases of heart and stroke rank as the #1 killer of Latino Americans.2
  • Among Mexican-American adults, 33% of men and 31% of women have cardiovascular disease.1
  • Cardiovascular disease causes more deaths for Hispanic Americans than all forms of cancer combined.1
  • Latinos with diabetes had higher rates of heart disease death than those without diabetes, according to the San Antonio Heart Study.3
  • Hispanic women are significantly less aware than white women that cardiovascular disease is their leading cause of death.2

Fast Facts: Hispanic Americans & Risk Factors

  • Compared with White Americans, the risk of diagnosed diabetes was 66% higher among Hispanics/Latinos.2
  • At least 65% of people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke. Yet, only 1 in 4 Latinos with diabetes know they are at risk for heart disease.3
  • The total prevalence of diabetes in the United States is expected to more than double with an 127% increase in the Latino population.1
  • Among Americans who experienced a stroke, 72% of Hispanics had high blood pressure (hypertension), compared to 66% of Whites.1
  • Among Latino Americans age 20 and older, 75% of men and 72% of women are overweight or obese.1
  • Hispanic Americans are more likely to be inactive (39.8%) than Whites (26.2%).
  • According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 65% of Mexican-American men and 74% of Mexican-American women did not participate in leisure-time physical activity.

Take Charge of Your Heart Health

Although the statistics above paint a troubling picture of Hispanic Americans and heart disease, all is not lost! There are three simple things you can do to reduce your risk for heart disease, starting today.

  1. Know your risk factors. Although your can't change your age or heredity, there are many other risk factors for heart disease that you can control.
  2. Talk to your doctor. At your next doctor's appointment, bring our list of questions and a heart health scorecard to help assess your risk for heart disease.
  3. Reduce your risk. Making simple, healthy lifestyle changes can reduce your risk for heart disease.

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