STUDY: Young Latinas Face Higher Risk of Death from Heart Attacks

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - SaludThe American Heart Association has just presented research indicating that young Hispanic women are at a higher risk of death from heart attacks compared to their white male and female counterparts. The research report, which is part of “Hispanics and Heart Disease” research, was presented at the American Heart Association’s 2013 Scientific Sessions. Research indicates young Latinas are more likely to suffer from other health issues such as diabetes that puts them at higher risk of death from a heart attack. Young Hispanic women are 1.5 times more likely to experience higher in-hospital death compared to white men. This group also suffers from the highest rate of diabetes (59.9 percent) when compared to black and white women. These young women are also less likely to partake of surgical procedures, such as bypass surgery, that will reduce their death risk. Language, lack of insurance and “provider bias” were cited as causes for young Latinas not getting the medical attention needed to prevent deadly heart attacks. The study included 207,000 heat attack patients that included more than 6,500 Hispanic and black women less than 65-years-old.

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