AHA News' most-read health equity stories of 2023

By American Heart Association News

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South Asian and Hispanic people are two fast-growing populations in the United States. Readers were interested in how cardiovascular disease impacts these groups, among other topics related to health disparities.

Here are our top 5 health equity stories published this year, ranked in order of unique page views.

1. Why are South Asians dying of heart disease? MASALA looks for answers.

MASALA, which stands for Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America, is a pioneering long-term study that's finding data and diversity in one of the country's fastest-growing populations.

2. Black people rarely hit the ski slopes, but those who love winter sports are working to change that

Most people who ski or snowboard are white, but efforts are being made to expose more diverse groups of young people to snow sports.

3. US-born Hispanic people may be more vulnerable to chronic diseases than foreign-born counterparts

Hispanic people born in the U.S. may face a higher risk of obesity, diabetes and other chronic health issues, and a Westernized diet may be at fault, new research suggests.

4. Genes, neighborhoods and a surprising finding on stroke risk

A genetic score may be able to identify higher stroke risk – but only for people living in the most privileged neighborhoods, research suggests.

5. The 'Hispanic paradox': Does a decades-old finding still hold up?

A 1986 analysis suggested that Latino people in the U.S. live longer despite socioeconomic and health care inequities. What do experts say now about the so-called Hispanic paradox?

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