Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death among Hispanic Americans, and heart disease and stroke claim the lives of more than 27 percent of the more than 133,000 Hispanics who die each year.
Atherosclerosis or “athero,” is a “hardening of the arteries”, prompted by the buildup of plaque in the arteries. In 2006, the athero caused about 75% of all deaths from cardiovascular disease and was responsible for about 25% of all deaths in the United States of America.
Just atherosclerosis is the leading cause coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, two diseases that are killing every year more Americans than all cancers combined. And in the Hispanic community, in 2004, more than 36,000 people died from major cardiovascular disease, including heart disease both as stroke.
You and your family can prevent cardiovascular diseases, with attention to the remarks of Dr. Jose Daniel Benatar, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology Department, Mount Sinai Hospital. Remember that if you recognize the risk factors of heart disease or you can try to help reduce the possibility that your loved ones to develop serious illness or they get worse.