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Cardiovascular health among diverse Hispanics/Latinos: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) results.

TitleCardiovascular health among diverse Hispanics/Latinos: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) results.
Publication TypePublication
AuthorsGonzález HM, Tarraf W, Rodriguez CJ, Gallo LC, Sacco RL, Talavera GA, Heiss G, Kizer JR, Hernandez R, Davis S, Schneiderman N, Daviglus ML, Kaplan RC
JournalAm Heart J
Date Published2016 Jun
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cohort Studies, Cultural Characteristics, Female, Health Status Disparities, Hispanic or Latino, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Prevalence, Prospective Studies, Risk Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, United States

BACKGROUND: Seven national 2020 Strategic Impact Goals for cardiovascular health (Life's Simple 7 [LS7]) estimates for major ethnic/racial groups are available, but not for diverse Hispanics/Latinos. Herein, we describe and examine LS7 profiles of diverse Hispanic/Latino groups.METHODS: HCHS/SOL (analytic n = 15,825; ages 18-74 years) data were used to estimate LS7 metrics. LS7 metrics were operationalized as Ideal, Intermediate, or Poor and indexed as an additive score. We calculated Hispanic/Latino group and sex-specific prevalence estimates for LS7 metrics and used survey-based regression models to examine (1) associations between LS7 scores and pertinent sociocultural characteristics and (2) relationships between LS7 scores and coronary heart disease, and stroke and transient ischemic attacks prevalence.RESULTS: Few HCHS/SOL participants met all 7 Ideal LS7 criteria (<1%), and a similarly small proportion did not meet any Ideal LS7 criteria (1.1%). We found significant variability in LS7 distributions between men and women and across HCHS/SOL Hispanic/Latino heritages. We also found a substantial sex-adjusted age gradient in LS7 cardiovascular health (ie, ≥4 Ideal LS7s). Finally, higher Ideal LS7 scores were associated with decreased odds of both coronary heart disease and self-reported stroke/transient ischemic attack; these associations persisted after model covariate adjustments.CONCLUSIONS: Hispanic/Latino LS7s compared favorably with existing national estimates; however, we found areas for improvement. Several Hispanic/Latino LS7 strengths and weaknesses varied by sex and heritage, providing important information to guide targeted health promotion efforts toward achieving 2020 goals.

Alternate JournalAm Heart J
PubMed ID27264232
PubMed Central IDPMC5479416
Grant ListR01 AG048642 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
N01HC65236 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
N01HC65235 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
N01HC65234 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
N01HC65233 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
N01HC65237 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
Manuscript Lead/Corresponding Author Affiliation: 
HCHS/SOL Baseline Visit - Neurocognitive Reading Center
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