October 01, 2016

Diversity and Disparities

  • Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15-10/15
  • World Stroke Day 10/29

Cardiovascular diseases do not discriminate, anyone can experience a cardiovascular event. However, gender and race in conjunction with the lifestyles that come along with them can play a big part in whether or not someone has a heart attack, stroke, or develops another heart issue.

Hispanics and African Americans have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and having a stroke than white men and women, and women’s rates have been declining more slowly than men’s in the past few years. In order to achieve health equality, we must become proactive ambassadors in transforming diverse populations, communities and systems by raising awareness through health education. The American Heart Association has many different resources for men and women of different ethnicities to learn about their risks and symptoms.

Visit these pages for more information:

Hispanic Heritage Month graphic Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanics, unfortunately, have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases because of increased high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes associated with the lifestyle and culture. Though hurdles like language barriers, lack of transportation, and lack of health insurance can make change difficult, lifestyle adjustments can reduce their risk of developing these diseases. For these reasons, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends that everyone learns and shares the following tips and resources:  Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th and goes until October 15th. The month celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture and recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Since Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing ethnic population in the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month is widely recognized across the nation.

Infographic - CVD in Hispanic Community

Visit these pages for more information: Stroke Among Hispanics | High Cholesterol in Hispanics | Go Red Por Tu Corazón


Infographic World Stroke Day Oct. 29



World Stroke Day, October 29, 2016

Each year, more than 6.5 million lives are lost to stroke worldwide and one in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. We won't stand idly by as this menacing disease claims the lives of our loved ones and independence. Join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association  in the effort to put an end to stroke.  This World Stroke Day, help us teach the globe that Stroke is Treatable. 



Important Dates in October

9/15 - 10/15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

10/25 - World Stroke Day

10/31 - Halloween