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Million Hearts Releases New Spanish-Language Resources on Heart Health

Hispanically Speaking News
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February 26, 2013

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks about the importance of heart health, and the Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. (USGOVHHS)

Educational resources to help Hispanics take control of their heart health is available from Million Hearts, a national public-private partnership that works to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

“Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer in every racial and ethnic group in America, and Million Hearts is committed to ensuring that everyone understands their risk,” said Janet Wright, M.D., executive director of Million Hearts.“These new resources will help Spanish-speaking Americans calculate their risk and, more importantly, take steps to reduce it.”

A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that high blood pressure among Hispanic groups is a particular concern. More than a quarter (26.1 percent) of Hispanics reported having high blood pressure, and nearly a third (30.4 percent) with high blood pressure weren’t taking medication that could reduce their risk for heart attack and stroke. Just 40.7 percent of Hispanics said their blood pressure was under control.

“Our message to Hispanics is clear: If you have high blood pressure, work with your doctor to get it controlled and keep it controlled,” said Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC director. “Take care of your heart for yourself, and for your family.”

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