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Heart Disease and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

Recent national data related to heart disease for Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders is not available at this time for many conditions and risk factors. Local data from states with high populations of Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders may be useful in illustrating disparities among certain populations.

  • Heart-related health issues vary among various Asian and Pacific Islander sub-populations.
  • In 2014, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were 10 percent more likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease than non-Hispanic whites.
  • In 2017, residents of the Island of Guam were almost twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease as nationally compared to non-Hispanic whites.

Diagnosed Cases of Coronary Heart Disease:

Age-adjusted percentages of coronary heart disease among persons 18 years of age and over, 2014
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
6.0 5.7 1.1

Source: CDC, 2017. Selected Health Conditions Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults: United States, 2014. Figure 2
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db277.pdf [PDF | 333KB]
Source: CDC 2017. Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey: 2014. Table A-1.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/shs/tables.htm  [PDF | 333KB]

 

Death Rate:

National data not available at this time.

United States Territories:

Age-adjusted Heart Disease Death Rates per 100,000 (2017)
  Territory Non-Hispanic White (U.S. National) Territories / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Guam 316.5 168.9 1.9
American Samoa 260.4 168.9 1.5
Northern Marianas 117.9 168.9 0.7

Source: CDC, 2019. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 68, No. 9. Table 12 and Table 10.
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr68/nvsr68_09-508.pdf [PDF | 1.76MB]

 

Risk Factors:

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

Obesity and Overweight - See Obesity and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.

 

Hypertension

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who have high blood pressure, 2018
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
24.0 24.0 1.0

Source: CDC 2020. Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey: 2018. Table A-1a.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/shs/tables.htm [PDF | 1.76MB]

 

Cigarette Smoking

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who are current cigarette smokers, 2014
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic White Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
/Non-Hispanic White Ratio
10.8* 19.1 0.6

Source: CDC, 2020. Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey: 2018. Table A-12a.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/shs/tables.htm

*Estimates are considered unreliable. Data shown have a relative standard error of greater that 30 percent.

Last Modified: 2/14/2020 4:13:00 PM