American Heart Association: Latina women at higher risk for heart disease and stroke
You know how important it is to bring your family to the doctor, make sure they eat more than well, and take care of them when they’re sick. In fact, maybe you work so hard at those things that you almost never make it to the doctor yourself.
Many Hispanic women have said that they more likely to take preventative action for their families when it comes to heart health. However, taking care of your own health should always be a priority, including for the most selfless madres de familia. Here’s why:
On average, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics.
Only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer.
Only 44% of Hispanic women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.
Only 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed that they are at a higher risk.
Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of treatment options.
As of now, heart disease and stroke are the cause of death for 1 in every 3 women. But it doesn’t have to be that way—in fact, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
To learn more about risk factors and strategies for prevention, visit heart.org/philadelphia.