Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Alarming Number of Latinos With Heart-Related Ailments

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term that includes a number of health problems, such as heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmia, and more.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease, and about 659,000 die in the U.S. from heart disease each year.

For people of color, including Latinos and Hispanics, there are many risk factors to heart disease.

Between 2015 and 2018, 52.3% of males and 42.7% of females 20 years of age and older had cardiovascular disease.

In 2019, cardiovascular disease caused the deaths of 31,864 Hispanic males and 26,820 Hispanic females of all ages in the United States, totaling 58,504 Hispanic deaths that year.

The numbers remain alarming when looking at the rate in which Latinos are have strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other ailments.Strokes caused the deaths of 5,649 U.S. Hispanic males and 6,310 Hispanic females in 2019.Projections show that by 2030, an additional 3.4 million U.S. adults over the age of 18 will have had a stroke, representing a 20.5% increase in prevalence from 2012. The highest increase is projected to be in White Hispanic males.Among stroke survivors in a 2014 study, Hispanic individuals scored lower on a test of stroke symptoms and the appropriate response to those symptoms than non-Hispanic White individuals, 72.5% […]

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