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AUDIO: Dr. Underwood Explains How Minorities Are Affected By Heart Disease

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EmpowHer Asks:
Okay, talk to me about minority groups and do minority groups have higher incidences of cardiovascular disease and if so is it a combination of reasons like may be diet, and access to care, maybe even hereditary issues?

Dr. Paul Underwood:
Well, we are already looking very, very closely to try to find out what the differences and healthcare outcomes are. And certainly when you look at different groups, ethnic group, the African-Americans or Asians, native Americans, Latinos, that there are differences in their outcomes. Typically here in America the outcomes are not as good as they would be for the Caucasians. There may be many differences or many reasons why these differences exist. Some of them may be as you said with access to healthcare. Some of them may be related to health literacy, so people may not know exactly what the warning signs and risk factors are.

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