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Keeping Hispanics heart-healthy

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Cardiovascular disease continues to threaten people from all walks of life. People of all ethnic backgrounds are susceptible to cardiovascular diseases, but Hispanics should pay particular attention to their own increased risk for illnesses that affect the heart.
The American Heart Association notes that Hispanics face elevated risks of cardiovascular disease compared to non-Hispanics due to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Hispanics comprise one of the largest ethnic segments of the United States, and are expected to constitute as much as 29 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, based on predictions made from U.S. Census Bureau data and information from the Pew Research Center.
The 2007 National Health Interview Survey indicated that 7.6 percent of Hispanics suffer from heart disease, which includes coronary heart disease, angina pectoris and other heart conditions. Furthermore, nearly 21 percent of Hispanics experience hypertension (high blood pressure). Those figures are even more unsettling when considering Hispanics have higher rates of being overweight and obese than non-Hispanic whites. The AHA notes that 80 percent of Mexican American men and 76 percent of women age 20 and older are overweight or obese.
Fortunately, there are many steps Hispanics can take to reduce their risks for heart disease and other illnesses. The following are some strategies to try.
Hispanics make up a large and growing segment of the U.S. population. It has become increasingly evident that further education and awareness into the effects of heart disease is needed to help keep this major demographic as healthy as possible