Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American Indians (AIs). A newly published study examined cardiovascular risk factors in Northern Plains American Indians undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. AI patients presented with increased risk factors, including higher rates of diabetes mellitus (AI 63.5% vs. non-AI 38.7%) and smoking/tobacco use (AI 60.8% vs. non-AI 20.0%). The researchers concluded that AIs presented with significantly more risk factors for cardiovascular disease compared with the general population, with especially high rates of insulin-dependent diabetes and active tobacco use.
Source: Anderson et al. (2018). Disparities in Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Northern Plains American Indians Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Health Equity, Aug 1;2(1):152-160.