PhD Dissertation - Tu My To, MPH - Nativity, immigration, and cardiovascular risk factors in older Mexican Americans

DEB Seminar
MH-1407

Tu My To, MPH - PhD Candidate in Epidemiology and Translational Science, University of California, San Francisco

Title: Nativity, immigration, and cardiovascular risk factors in older Mexican Americans

Summary: Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the United States Hispanic population, and risk factors include high cholesterol and high blood pressure. However, it is not well understood how these risk factors change longitudinally in ethnic and minority populations, particularly among Hispanics. Over 13% of the US Hispanic population is foreign born. Previous literature has shown that foreign nativity confers more positive health outcomes, such as cardiovascular health, and that age of immigration has various implications for changes in risk factors over time. In this talk, I will be focusing on the differences in longitudinal changes in blood pressure in a cohort of older Mexican Americans and evaluate how nativity and age of immigration are associated with these changes.