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Latinos & Heart Disease

heartAccording to the American Heart Association the no.1 killer for all Americans is heart disease with strokes being the fifth. In addition, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death among Latinos. What are the three main components that lead to this? Hypertension (high blood pressure), Obesity, and Diabetes. AHA states, "An estimated 24 percent of adult Hispanics have diabetes, but as many as half don’t realize it. Untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including cardiovascular disease and renal failure. The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans between the ages of 24 and 74 is greater than in non-Hispanic whites." Mi gente, make sure to visit your primary doctor and get blood work done. If you experience any chest pain or discomfort, go see a cardiologist. If you don't have health insurance, please visit healthcare.gov to get coverage. Also, something as simple as changing your lifestyle around helps. Do not smoke. Try incorporating at least 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week, and limit your consumption of fatty, greasy and sugary foods. Easier said than done, but your life depends on it!

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