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September 22, 2023


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Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death among Latino females (31.5%), exceeding rates for males. Latinas’ knowledge about CVD can influence their adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors. Lack of knowledge and misperceptions about women's CVD risk can lead to delays in seeking treatment and increased risk for sudden death.

Overview/Description The Heart Truth campaign (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [NHLBI]) introduced the “Red Dress” in 2002 as a symbol for women's heart disease awareness. Several national organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA), the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and the Office of Women's Health, have developed initiatives specifically to raise Latinos’ understanding of heart disease in women. Salud Para Su Corazón (SPSC), designed to increase knowledge about risk factors and heart-healthy behaviors, was launched 2 decades ago by NHLBI and continues today with promotora-led interventions. Despite great strides in promoting public health outreach educational programs, survey findings still show that ethnic/racial minority populations face disparities in awareness and knowledge about heart disease and prevention strategies. Although Latinos/Hispanics (terms used interchangeably here) are included in these surveys, those at higher risk for CVD--overweight, immigrant Latinas, particularly those of Mexican descent--are not purposefully recruited. A number of factors in addition to weight may contribute to the risk of CVD in this subpopulation, including sedentary lifestyles; high rates of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and other chronic conditions (e.g., hypertension, hypercholesterolemia); and socio-environmental factors. Course Content
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease Statistics
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease Cost
  • What is Heart Disease
  • What is a Heart Attack
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking - Cardiovascular Disease Awareness
  • High Blood Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity and Overweight
  • Physical Inactivity
  • What are other Benefits of Exercise
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • How Can I Avoid a Heart Attack

Course Curriculum

    • Cardiovascular Disease 00:05:00
    • Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 00:10:00
    • Coronary Heart Disease 00:05:00
    • Cardiovascular Disease Cost 00:05:00
    • What is Heart Disease 00:05:00
    • What is a Heart Attack 00:05:00
    • Risk Factors 00:10:00
    • Smoking 00:10:00
    • High Blood Cholesterol 00:15:00
    • High Blood Pressure 00:15:00
    • Obesity and Overweight 00:10:00
    • Physical Inactivity 00:05:00
    • What are other Benefits of Exercise 00:05:00
    • What is Diabetes Mellitus? 00:10:00
    • How Can I Avoid a Heart Attack 00:01:00
    • Cardiovascular Disease Awareness Test 00:45:00

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