Heart Disease Rates Are Lower in Foreign-Born U.S. Adults

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If you were born in the United States, you’re at higher risk for coronary heart disease and stroke than people who live in the country but were born elsewhere, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA).

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compared heart disease and stroke prevalence by birthplace from 2006 to 2014. After adjusting for several factors, including age and known coronary risks, they determined that 8.2 percent of adult men born in the United States have heart disease, while only 5.5 percent of male U.S. residents born in other countries have heart disease. In women, heart disease percentages were 4.8 for those born in the United States and 4.1 for those born in another country. The percentages of men and women with a history of stroke were 2.7 for U.S.-born men and women, 2.1 for men who were born in another country, and 1.9 for women born outside the U.S.

Heart disease prevalence was lowest in U.S. residents born in Asia, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Stroke prevalence is lowest among men born in South America or Africa and women who were born in Europe.

Sourced from: Journal of the American Heart Association