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In summary, Hispanics or Latinos make up approximately 12.5 % of the United States population making them the largest minority population.

 

Hypercholesterolemia appears to be under-identified and under-treated in Hispanic individuals compared to non-Hispanic whites.

 

References:

1. U.S. Census Bureau. Population Fact Sheet 2000.  Available at: http://factfinder.census.gov/

2. U.S. Census Bureau. Race and Ethnicity Fact Finder. Available at:http://factfinder.census.gov/

3. Ford ES. Increasing Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome Among U.S. Adults. Circulation. 2003;107:2185-2199.

4. Centers for Disease Control. Disparities in screening for and awareness of high blood cholesterol --- United States, 19992002 MMWR. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2005;54:117-119.

5. Lloret, R et al.  Comparison of rosuvastatin versus atorvastatin in Hispanic-American patients with hypercholesterolemia (from the STARSHIP trial). American Journal of Cardiology. 2006;98:768-773.