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RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIFFERENCES IN PREMATURE HEART DISEASE DEATHS IN NEW MEXICO: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF DIABETES?

Krapfl, Heidi R. and Gohdes, Dorothy M. and Croft, Janet B. (2006) RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIFFERENCES IN PREMATURE HEART DISEASE DEATHS IN NEW MEXICO: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF DIABETES? Ethnicity & Disease, 16 (1). pp. 85-88. ISSN 1049-510X

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Abstract

Multiple-cause mortality files from 1999– 2001 were obtained to describe premature heart disease (PHD) deaths and the role of diabetes as a contributing cause in heart disease (HD) mortality in American Indians, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic Whites in New Mexico. The proportion and rate of PHD and diabetes-related HD death were calculated and reported by race/ethnicity and gender. Results indicate that from 1999 to 2001, 24% of all deaths in New Mexico reported HD as the leading cause of death. Of these, 16.6% occurred in persons ,65 years of age and were therefore classified as premature. The proportion of premature HD deaths was substantially higher in the American-Indian (29.2%) and Hispanic (20.8%) populations compared to Whites (13.7%). Furthermore, diabetes contributed to almost 18% of premature HD deaths in American Indians and Hispanics and to 10% of premature HD among Whites. These findings suggest that American Indians and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by premature HD death and that diabetes as a contributing cause is greater among these populations compared to non- Hispanic Whites.


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Uncontrolled Keywords: Diabetes Mellitus; Heart Disease; New Mexico; Premature Mortality
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cardiovascular Disease
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Diabetes
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Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 28 May 2011 13:04
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1244

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