Cultural and ethnic health disparities : Heart Disease

  • Cultural and ethnic health disparities
    • Whites
      • White men have the highest incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD).
    • African Americans
      • African Americans have an early age of onset of CAD.
      • Deaths from cardiovascular diseases (e.g., CAD, stroke) are higher for African Americans than for the overall population in the United States.
      • African American women have a higher incidence and death rate related to CAD than white women.
    • Native Americans
      • Native Americans die from heart disease earlier than expected.
      • Mortality rates for those under 65 yr old are twice as high as those of other Americans.
      • Major modifiable cardiovascular risk factors for Native Americans are tobacco use, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.
    • Hispanics
      • Hispanics have slightly lower rates of CAD than either non-Hispanic whites or African Americans.
      • Hispanics have lower death rates from CAD than non-Hispanic whites