Heart disease in native americans

Joseph S. Alpert, Robert Goldberg, Ira S. Ockene, Pamela Taylor

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Scopus citations


Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death among native Americans. Ischemic heart disease has been relatively uncommon in the past, but this entity is rapidly becoming more frequent among Indians as a result of Western acculturation (Western high-fat diet, smoking, sedentary lifestyle). Hypertension remains a major problem in native American populations. Hypertension is often inadequately detected and treated in Indians. Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease are moderately common and apparently in decline among native Americans. Finally, the fetal alcohol syndrome with its accompanying cardiac malformations is all too common among North American Indians. The amount of information available concerning cardiovascular disease in native Americans is rather small. Considerably more attention should be paid to this area in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalCardiology (Switzerland)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hypertension
  • Native Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Heart disease in native americans'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Alpert, J. S., Goldberg, R., Ockene, I. S., & Taylor, P. (1991). Heart disease in native americans. Cardiology (Switzerland), 78(1), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.1159/000174759