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Hispanic women less aware of weight and heart disease risk

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Researchers have pointed out that Hispanic women tend to be less aware of the increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) they face by being overweight or obese.

The of a study that compared Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women based on their knowledge of heart disease risk factors and their perceptions of their own weight.

Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD and coauthors, Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY), report that although awareness of CVD and recognition that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the US has increased, knowledge of these risk factors still remains low among minority women, making prevention efforts more difficult.

The article is available on the Journal of Women's Health website.

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