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Heart disease spans across cultures and ethnicities. Minorities are often affected by heart disease. Here are some statistics from the American Heart Association on the effect of heart disease in minority groups:
-Hispanic males are 30 percent less likely to die from heart disease compared to Caucasian males.
-26.7 percent of Mexican American males over the age of 20 have high blood pressure.
-17.4 percent of Mexican American men over the age of 20 have high cholesterol.
-Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Hispanic males.
-African American men are 40 percent more likely than non-Hispanic white males to die from heart disease.
-African American men who have a stroke have a 97 percent more chance of dying than white males.
-46 percent of African American males over the age of 20 have high cholesterol over 200mg/dl.
-Close to 58 percent of African American males aged 20 to 74 are overweight.
-33.4 percent of African American males who die, die of heart disease.
-41 percent of African American men over the age of 20 have some form of heart disease.
-In 2003 over 49,000 African American males died of heart disease.