The facts are indisputable: African Americans and Latino Americans who are at high risk for heart disease are less likely to receive life-saving treatments. Age and gender are also significant risk factors. More women than men die of heart disease, although more men have heart attacks; and as people age, the risk of heart disease increases.
The Center for Disease Control reports that despite prevalence of heart disease across all racial and ethnic groups, women and people of color are treated at a lesser rate for cardiovascular disease than Caucasian men. The good news, however, is that recent research, plus widespread educational initiatives, are starting conversations about these disparities.
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