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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 2012, Hispanics were 10 percent less likely to have coronary heart disease than non-Hispanic whites.
  • In 2013, Hispanic men and women were 30 percent less likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic Whites.
Age-adjusted percentages of coronary heart disease among persons 18 years of age and over, 2012

Hispanics/Latinos

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

5.3

6.2

0.9

Source:  CDC 2014.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2012.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_260.pdf [PDF | 3.5MB]

 At a glance – Death Rate:

Age-Adjusted Heart Disease Death Rates per 100,000 (2013)

 

Hispanics/Latinos

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

151.1

217.9

0.7

Women

97.0

134.6

0.7

Total

121.2

171.8

0.7

Source:  CDC, 2014. National Vital Statistic Report. Vol. 64, Num 2 Table 17.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf [PDF | 1.38MB]

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, 2009-2012. 

 

Mexican American

Non-Hispanic White

Mexican/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

27.3

29.6

0.9

Women

29.3

27.5

1.1

Source:  CDC 2015. Health United States, 2014. Table 60.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF |14.65MB]

 

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who have high blood pressure, 2012. 

Hispanics

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic /Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

20.9

23.4

0.9

Source:  CDC 2014.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2012.  Table 2.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_260.pdf [PDF | 3.5MB]

 

Percent of adults age 18 and over with hypertension whose blood pressure is under control, 2011-2012

Hispanic American

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic American /Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

45.9

53.9

0.9

Source: CDC 2015. Health Indicators Warehouse. [Accessed September 23, 2015]
http://www.healthindicators.gov/Indicators/Blood-pressure-control-adults-with-hypertension-percent_882/Profile

High Cholesterol

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 20 years of age and over who have high cholesterol, 2009-2012. 

 

Mexican American

Non-Hispanic White

Mexican/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

27.2

28.1

1.0

Women

26.2

28.2

0.9

Source:  CDC 2015. Health United States, 2014. Table 61.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus14.pdf [PDF | 14.65MB]

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: AHRQ 2015. National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. Data Query. Table 7_5_1_4_2.1.
http://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/data/query

 

Heart Disease and Hispanics

Age-adjusted percentage of adults aged 20 and over screened for cholesterol, 2011-2012

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic /Non- Hispanic White Ratio

Men

54.6

70.6

0.8

Women

64.2

72.9

0.9

Total

59.3

71.8

0.8

Source:  CDC 2013. NCHS Data Brief, No. 132, Figure 5.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db132.pdf [PDF | 778KB]

 

Cigarette Smoking

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who are current cigarette smokers, 2011-2013. 

 

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic White

Hispanic/Non-
Hispanic White Ratio

Men

16.7

22.1

0.8

Women

7.5

19.2

0.4

Source:  CDC 2015. Health United States, 2014. Table 54.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus14.pdf [PDF | 14.65MB]

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

96.7

96.1

1.0

Source: AHRQ 2015. National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. Data Query. Table 6_2_3_1_1.1.
http://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/data/query

Last Modified: 1/28/2016 10:24:00 AM