Asian Americans Face Significant Health Risk

By Ryan Halvorson
Mar 15, 2015

It may be time to focus health promotion efforts toward Asian Americans. Research from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2014; 64 [23], 2486–94) says that this population has a significantly high risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.

Using U.S. census data and death records, researchers examined death rates among the largest Asian subgroups (Asian-Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese). They then narrowed their search to deaths caused by heart disease and stroke. Overall, the researchers combed 10,442,034 death records.

They discovered that non-Hispanic white individuals had the highest overall mortality rates. However, the rate of death from ischemic heart disease was highest in Asian-Indian men and women and Filipino men. The “proportionate mortality burden of hypertensive heart disease and cerebro-vascular disease mortality . . . was higher in every Asian-American group than [it was] in non-Hispanic whites,” the authors found.

Based on this data, they concluded that population-specific prevention efforts are needed to mitigate these disease risks.

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Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.

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