Friday, February 19, 2016
Studies show that heart failure disproportionately affects African Americans, with incidences roughly double that of whites
This population is also at greater risk of developing the condition at younger ages and dying from it. Hispanics have the second-highest risk of developing heart failure and are more likely to be younger, have diabetes or high blood pressure and be overweight/obese. Studies also show that Hispanics with heart failure have higher rates of hospitalizations and readmissions for heart failure. Numerous studies point to higher rates of modifiable risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity as the reason these groups are more likely to have heart failure.