Latino Community and Cardiovascular Disease Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the Latino community.
# 150022 | 2,213 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explores the literature to determine CVD incidence among Latinos, its causes and its prevention. The paper finds that high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking, diabetes, overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, socio-economic factors and poverty are the major factors to CVD and stroke, and they are all prevalent among the Latino community. The paper also notes that they suffer from a lack of health insurance, health literacy and a language barrier. The paper further finds that the community-based outreach program, "Health for Your Heart," offers an effective approach to reducing the incidence of CVD.

Literature Review
Findings and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and stroke is the third. Heart disease and stroke are the major causes of disability and account for increasing health costs in the US. More lives are lost to cardiovascular disease than all other leading causes combined. These other leading causes are cancer, unintentional injuries, pneumonia or influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. The major risk factors of CVD are hypertension, smoking, hypercholesterolemia, high alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity.
"Latinos observe certain traditional health beliefs and practices, which must be considered in combating an preventing CVD and promoting overall health. They involve the family in the care of a patient. However, a Latino family extends to or includes parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends and godparents of their children. Latinos also observe the tradition of respect, which dictates deferential behavior towards others as regards age, sex, social or economic status and authority. Respect is expected by older people from younger people, by men from women, adults from children, teachers from students, and employers from employees, for example. And they relish personal relationships. This explains why they rely on community-based organizations and clinics for primary health care needs. They prefer providers who are personal, warm and interested in their patients' personal lives. Trust is another traditional value among them. They cooperate with a provider with whom they establish a bond of trust. The provider may then also come to appreciate the Hispanic concept of health."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Heart Association (2009). Hispanics/Latinos and cardiovascular diseases - statistics. Retrieved on August 14, 2009 from
  • Balcazar, H.; Hollen, M. L.; Gonzales-Cruz, Y; and Pedregon, V. (2005). Preventingchronic disease. Vol 2 #3. Public Health Research, Practice and Policy; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on August 14, 2009 from
  • Gan, C. (2000). Latino health study. News Medical Center: UC Davis Health System.Retrieved on August 14, 2009 from
  • Hispanic Health Council (2006). Profile of Latino health in Connecticut. Latino PolicyInstitute. Retrieved on August 14, 2009 from
  • Management Sciences for Health (2004). Hispanic/Latinos and cardiovascular disease.The Providers' Guide to Quality & Culture: Office of Minority Health and theBureau of Primary Health Care. Retrieved on August 14, 2009 from

Cite this Research Paper:

APA Format

Latino Community and Cardiovascular Disease (2012, January 19) Retrieved May 27, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Latino Community and Cardiovascular Disease" 19 January 2012. Web. 27 May. 2023. <>