Latinas At Increased Risk For Heart Disease

Infographic of Latinas at increased risk for heart diseaseAt the launch of National Women’s Health Week, findings from the recent nationwide Heart of Style Tour, a partnership between WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and Burlington Stores reveal that Hispanic-American women were found to be physically inactive and have body mass index (BMI) in the obese range – both leading risk factors for heart disease.

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The Heart of Style Tour was part of Burlington’s third annual Red Dress Event held February 1-March 31 in all Burlington locations where millions of customers made generous donations to help fund women’s heart health education through WomenHeart, resulting in a $1.4 million donation to the organization. Burlington also donated $25,000 to support the cause.

Key findings from Hispanic-American women who completed the Tour health screening questionnaire (53% of respondents) reinforce that Hispanic-American women have an elevated risk for heart disease, supporting the need to further awareness among this population.