Hispanics Urged To Take Charge of Their Heart Health

Hispanics Urged To Take Charge of Their Heart Health

American College of Physicians and National Hispanic Medical Association Introduce ‘Guide to a Healthy Heart for Latinos’


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Philadelphia, PA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 4, 2005–Heart disease and stroke account for nearly 30 percent of all deaths among Hispanic Americans per year. In addition, high blood pressure affects about one in five Hispanics in the United States. In response to this under-recognized public health crisis, the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) have partnered to create “Guide to a Healthy Heart for Latinos,” a program geared towards combating these statistics and explaining the role blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight control have on long-term health. Supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., the program is available to the public on-line at the ACP website http://www.doctorsforadults.com.

”Guide to a Healthy Heart for Latinos” is a culturally relevant heart health education program featuring a DVD and guidebook for patients, that aims to educate Hispanics about positive health behaviors and empowers them to talk to their doctors about their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers to assure they are in a healthy range. The program features well known Latin celebrities, Rita Moreno and Esai Morales, whose lives have been affected in one way or another by heart disease. By sharing their personal experiences on the “Guide to a Healthy Heart for Latinos” program, these celebrities are issuing a call-to-action for the Hispanic community to become more aware of heart health. The program also features internal medicine physicians, motivational personal stories and practical tools to help track information and ensure productive dialogue among patients and health care professionals.

Heart disease and stroke rank as the number one cause of death among Hispanic Americans. Age, heredity, tobacco smoke, physical inactivity, obesity and weight issues, high blood pressure and cholesterol all play a role as well. In fact, more than 65 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure, yet many don’t know it.

“Hispanics are more likely to be overweight and diabetic which are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other health problems,” said Oscar Murillo, MD, FACP, internal medicine specialist at Hanover General Hospital in Pennsylvania, and a featured physician appearing on the video. “As a Hispanic physician, I see a critical need to teach patients, in their own language, why they should know their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and give them the power to communicate with their doctors about heart health by giving them the knowledge and understanding they need.”

The video and accompanying guidebook offers numerous tips and practical tools for:

— Working with a physician or health care provider;

— Managing blood pressure and cholesterol;

— Controlling weight, and

— Following a healthy lifestyle.

A workbook area in the guidebook provides suggested questions to ask the doctor, a chart to record current medications, and a Body Mass Index chart to calculate body fat percentage.

For more information or to view the guide book and video, consumers can visit the http://www.doctorsforadults.com

About the ACP

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest medical-specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 119,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, medical students, residents and fellows. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults, reflected in the organization’s trademarked phrase “Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults.(R)”

About NHMA

Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is a non profit association representing 36,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations. As a rapidly growing national resource based in the nation’s capital, NHMA provides policy makers and health care providers with expert information and support in strengthening the health service delivery to Hispanic communities across the nation. At its inception, NHMA held strategic planning meetings with physicians in five cities across the country, identifying the most critical issues they were facing and took steps to define a blueprint of future activities in the following areas: delivery system, medical education, research, policy, and communications.

Currently, NHMA’s program areas include leadership development, cultural competence curriculum, traffic safety, obesity, and cancer prevention and control. This year, NHMA will hold its 10th Annual Conference, SOMOS UNIDOS: United To Eliminate Health Disparities For Hispanics, on March 23-26, 2006 in Washington, DC. For more information about the National Hispanic Medical Association, please visit http://www.nhmand.org

NOTE TO EDITORS: A PDF version of the ‘’Guide to a Healthy Heart for Latinos’’ is available at: http://www.hispanicprwire.com/assets/HealthyHeart_Eng.pdf

Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) is necessary to view the PDF files on this page. Click HERE if you don’t have Adobe(R) Acrobat(R).

Hispanics Urged To Take Charge of Their Heart Health