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Heart Disease and Stroke are Less Widespread among Foreign Born vs. US-Born Adults

April 16, 2018

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that foreign-born adults living in the United States had an overall lower prevalence of coronary heart disease and stoke than adults that are US born. Researchers looked at nationally representative data that spanned 2006-2014.

After adjusting for age and certain demographic and health characteristics, researchers had found some overall important things.

They found the percentage of US men who report having heart disease was 8.2 percent for those born in the US in comparison to 5.5 percent of those who were born in another country. As for women with, 4.8 percent born in the US had coronary heart disease, compared to 4.1 with the disease that were born abroad.

The percentage of the population that are living with stroke was found to be 2.7 percent for US born men and woman in comparison to 2.1 percent for foreign-born men and 1.9 percent for foreign-born women.

It was also found that the number of years people had been living in the U.S. did not have a relationship to the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke after adjustment with the varying demographic and health characteristics.

Those born in regions of Asia, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean had shown a much lower coronary heart disease prevalence. Stroke prevalence on the other hand was lower in men born in South America or Africa and women from Europe.

The reason for foreign-born adults having a lower number than those from the U.S. is explained because of the "healthy immigrant effect". This is where those who decide to immigrate to another country are usually healthier due to factors such self-selection or physical/legal barriers.

Researchers have said these findings have the potential to support efforts to target high-risk groups with public health interventions.

Via Science Daily