Life Style Modification in Filipino Americans With Hypertension
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Hypertension is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Among Filipino-Americans, heart disease is the leading cause of death in adults aged 45-64 years (Hoyert & Kung, 1997). According to the 2000 report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), HTN affects 25% of Filipino-Americans living in the United States (US) and accounts for 32% of all Filipino deaths. Despite the high awareness of HTN in Filipino American communities, uncontrolled HTN still approaches an 'alarmingly high rate (dela Cruz & Galang, 2008). This paper reviews factors that contribute to a higher rate of HTN among Filipino Americans and factors that may complicate the treatment·and management of this condition. In addition, the literature review will describe current, evidence-based approaches to the nonpharmacologic management of HTN in·Filipino-Americans, providing important information to clinicians about the integration of HTN treatment plans with the lifestyles and cultural values of Filipino-American patients.