Evolving Science on Cardiovascular Disease Among Hispanic/Latino Adults: JACC International 

Original Articles:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37580687/ 
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37579311/ 
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109723004175?ref=pdf_download&fr=RR-2&rr=7f8d16dd29ae7c01 

Why was this study conducted?

Serious diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease can affect anyone. Therefore it is vital to make sure that clinical research includes people from all racial and ethnic groups.The Hispanic Community Healths Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) study has focused on how cardiovascular and other chronic diseases  Hispanic/Latino community has impacted this community. 

What has the study found?

The HCHS/SOL study demonstrated that cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors are common among Hispanic/Latino groups. For example less than 1% of the study subjects met all 7 metrics of the American Heart Association’s criteria for ideal cardiovascular health. Additionally, 25.5% of study subjects had high blood pressure (hypertension) and 17% had a diagnosis of diabetes. Different Hispanic/Latino groups also have different rates of risk factors, with adults of Mexican heritage being of particular risk of developing type 2 diabetes..

What does this mean?

If we want to improve the health of America, we must make sure that there is equitable access to care which includes preventative care. Currently the Hispanic/Latino community is faced with a disproportionate burden of type 2 diabetes which is even worse for those living with health disparities. At the Diabetes Technology Society, we are trying to change this for the better.