Heart Disease Data/Statistics
Heart disease is the leading killer across most racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States, accounting for 24 percent of all deaths in 2010.
African American men and women are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic Whites. Some 34 percent of African Americans have hypertension compared to 24 percent of whites, in 2011.
Mexican Americans, who make up the largest share of the U.S. Hispanic population, suffer in greater percentages than Whites from overweight and obesity, two of the leading risk factors for heart disease.
- African Americans are 1.4 times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure.
- American Indian/Alaska Native adults are 1.3 times as likely as White adults to have high blood pressure.
- Overall, Asian American adults are less likely than white adults to have heart disease and they are less likely to die from heart disease.
- Mexican Americans are less likely than non-Hispanic Whitew to have high blood presuure.