Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes diseases of the heart and blood vessels. CVD can refer to a number of conditions including stroke, arrhythmia, heart failure, coronary heart disease (heart attack and chest pain), and heart valve problems. CVD is caused by the restriction of normal blood flow to parts of the body due to plaque build-up. When this occurs, aneurysms and clots can cause disorders in the body.

  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders are 10% more likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease than non-Hispanic whites (Office of Minority Health, 2021).
  • There is a 40% higher chance of mortality from heart attacks among South Asians than the average population (Stanford, 2021).
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Filipinos, representing about 32% of all Filipino deaths (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003).