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Cardiovascular Care Education for Hispanic Patients

Posted by Kathy Peters on March 2, 2015

As we're leaving Heart Health Month behind, it's a perfect opportunity to make a commitment to educating all patients, regardless of the language they speak, about what they can do to maintain a healthy heart and avoid behaviors that can do damage.

A recent study indicated that one out of five diabetics in the United States is an Hispanic adult, accounting for nearly 1/3 of all Hispanic adults. According to heart.org, “75 percent of Mexican-American men and 72 percent of women age 20 and older are overweight or obese.” The same article noted that “65 percent of Mexican-American men and 74 percent of Mexican-American women did not participate in leisure-time physical activity.” Likewise, “among Hispanics who experienced a stroke, 72 percent had high blood pressure, compared to 66 percent in non-Hispanic whites.”

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