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SDSU Study: Heart Disease Risk Factors Vary Among U.S. Hispanics/Latinos

Aired 11/6/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Dr. Greg Talavera, professor, Graduate School of Public Health, SDSU, principal investigator for the HCHS/SOL Field Center


A San Diego State University study of heart disease risk factors across Hispanic/Latino groups in the U.S. finds some, particularly those with Puerto Rican background, experience higher rates of heart disease risk factors compared to other groups. Heart disease is a leading cause of death among Hispanic/Latino people in the United States.

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) was funded by the National Institutes of Health and will be published in the November 7th Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). It is the first study to examine the prevalence of heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and smoking within the diverse Hispanic/Latino population.

Dr. Greg Talavera, professor at the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health and principal investigator on the HCHS/SOL says, here in San Diego, "the majority of Hispanic/Latinos are of Mexican background and the study found that the prevalence of diabetes was generally higher compared to other Hispanic/Latino background groups."

Participants were randomly selected in four U.S. communities: Bronx, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill., Miami, Fla.; and San Diego, CA.

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