This study examined a nationally representative sample of U.S. Mexican American adults for hypertension and other related health care issues.
Participants included 1,359 Mexican-American women and 1,421 Mexican American men, aged 25-84 years, who underwent a standardized physical examination. Mexican Americans were found to have low rates of hypertension awareness and treatment, especially among younger adults and the uninsured. Researchers found high rates of uncontrolled hypertension for Mexican-American women and men. Even worse, 75-78 percent of hypertensive Mexican Americans were overweight or obese and 30 percent had diabetes. Hypertension is the most common risk factor for heart disease and is referred to as the “silent killer.” Patients with undetected and/or uncontrolled high blood pressure are at greater risk of heart attacks, strokes and other related conditions.
Researchers concluded that developing strategies to improve hypertension awareness, treatment and control rates in this population should be a public health priority.