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Heart Disease and Hispanic Americans

In general, Hispanic American adults are less likely to have coronary heart disease than non-Hispanic White adults. They are also less likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic White adults. 

  • In 2011, Hispanics were 10 percent less likely to have coronary heart disease, compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
  • In 2008, Hispanic men and women were 30 percent less likely to die from heart disease, compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
Age-adjusted percentages of coronary heart disease among persons 18 years of age and over, 2011

Hispanics/Latinos

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

5.9

6.3

0.9

Source:  CDC 2012.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

 At a glance – Death Rate:

Age-Adjusted Heart Disease Death Rates per 100,000 (2010)

 

Hispanics/Latinos

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

165.1

226.9

0.7

Women

107.8

142.5

0.8

Total

132.8

179.9

0.7

Source:  CDC, 2013. National Vital Statistic Report. Vol. 61, Num 4 Table 17.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr61_04.pdf [PDF | 3MB]

 

At a Glance – Risk Factors:

There are several risk factors related to diabetes. Some of these risk factors are:

Obesity and Overweight – See Obesity and Hispanic Americans

 

Hypertension

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 20 years of age and over who have high blood pressure, 2007-2010. 

 

Mexican American

Non-Hispanic White

Mexican/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

28.6

31.1

0.9

Women

27.8

28.1

1.0

Source:  CDC 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 64.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.8MB]

 

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who have high blood pressure, 2011.  National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

Hispanics

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic /Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

22.2

23.6

0.9

Source:  CDC 2012.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

Percent of adults age 18 and over with hypertension whose blood pressure is under control, 2007-2010

Mexican American

Non-Hispanic White

Mexican American /Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

32.2

49.7

0.6

Source:  2012.  National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table T2_2_1_2-1.
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

High Cholesterol

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 20 years of age and over who have high cholesterol, 2007-2010. 

 

Mexican American

Non-Hispanic White

Mexican/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

28.6

28.1

1.0

Women

25.5

27.4

0.9

Source:  CDC 2013. Health United States, 2011. Table 65.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.65MB]

 

Adults who received a blood cholesterol measurement in the last 5 years, 2008

Hispanics

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

71.8

74.1

1.0

Source:  2011.  National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table T2_2_1_3-1_2b
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

Cigarette Smoking

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who are current cigarette smokers, 2009-2011. 

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

17.3

23.2

0.7

Women

9.1

19.4

0.5

Source:  CDC 2013. Health United States, 2013. Table 56.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.65MB]

 

Percentage of current smokers age 18 and over with a checkup who reported receiving advice to quit smoking, 2009

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

50.0

66.3

0.8

Women

67.6

73.8

0.9

Total

56.6

70.5

0.8

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Quality Report. Table T2_10_1_1-1_2b.
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

At a Glance – Treatment:

Hospital patients with heart attack who were prescribed ACE inhibitor or ARB at discharge, United States, 2010

Hispanic

White

Hispanic/White Ratio

94.6

94.1

1.0

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table T2_2_3_1-1
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html


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