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American Heart Association report shows nearly half of Hispanics unaware they have High Cholesterol; less than a third treated
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Dallas, TX – Nearly half of Hispanic adults were unaware they have high cholesterol , and less than a third receive any kind of cholesterol treatment , in a new study in Journal of the American Heart Association.
Hispanics  are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in America, with 52 million among the U.S. population, yet their awareness and management of high cholesterol lags behind other ethnic groups.
Researchers reviewed data from 16,415 Hispanics, between 18 to 75 years of age, who participated in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.
“Many Hispanics have high cholesterol, approximately 45 percent, probably due to a mix of genes and diet,” said Carlos J. Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., study lead author and an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
> About half of Hispanics were not aware that they had high cholesterol in a multi-site study.
> Of those who were aware, less than a third were treated.
> Younger adults, women, the uninsured, those with lower income, and more recent immigrants were less likely to have their high cholesterol controlled.
“What’s more surprising is the lack of awareness, treatment and control. That needs to change since awareness is the first step in prevention,” he said.
In this study, treatment was effective in 64 percent of those treated, indicating that awareness and management can work in lowering cholesterol levels.
Addressing these gaps is critical to reducing Hispanic/Latinos’ risks for high cholesterol, heart disease and heart attack and improving overall public health.
“Lack of awareness is a problem with roots at different levels in Hispanics: access to care and patient/provider difficulties such as language barriers or cultural insensitivity may further contribute to these gaps,” Carlos said.
The American Heart Association’s 2020 Impact goal  is to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Improving cholesterol levels among all Americans is a critical component to reaching the goal.
“We cannot rest on our triumphs as nearly 50 percent of those Latino Americans with high cholesterol are unaware of the presence of this risk factor for heart disease and thus remain exposed to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. We should consider this as an unacceptable burden of risk and consider public health policies, community awareness and a redoubled focus on prevention in all communities at risk.”
Yancy was not involved in the study. Co-authors are Jianwen Cai, Ph.D.; Katrina Swett, M.D.; Hector Gonzalez, Ph.D.; Gregory A. Talavera, M.D., M.P.H.; Lisa Wruck, Ph.D.; Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D.; Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., Sc.M.; Robert Kaplan, Ph.D. and Martha Daviglus, M.D., Ph.D.
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 Hispanics: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Hispanics-and-Heart-Disease-Stroke_UCM_444864_Article.jsp
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