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Date:11/6/2012

Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL) which will be presented at the American Heart Association Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on Nov. 5 and published in the Nov. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds heart disease risk factors are widespread among Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States.

Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study which will be published in the Nov. 7 issue of JAMA finds black men and women are about twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease (CHD) compared with their age-matched white counterparts.

Rates of heart disease risk factors vary across Hispanic/Latino populations

Heart disease risk factors are widespread among Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States, with 80 percent of men and 71 percent of women having at least one risk factor for heart disease, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL) is the largest study to date to examine the prevalence of heart disease risk factorshigh blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and smokingwithin a diverse Hispanic/Latino population.

Findings from HCHS-SOL also showed that the prevalence of risk factors varies across and within Hispanic/Latino populations. For example, people of Puerto Rican background experienced higher rates of heart disease risk factors compared to other Hispanic/Latino groups.

Participants who were more acculturated (born in the United States or lived in the United States for 10 years or longer or preferred using English rather than Spanish) were significantly more likely to have three or more risk factors as well as self-reported heart disease or stroke. And those with lower education or with annual incomes less than $20,000 were more likely to have multiple heart disease risk factors than those with h
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