A new study of 16,000 Hispanic-Americans found that only 63% of those with high blood pressure are undergoing treatment and only 38% have the condition under control, while more than half of white patients had their hypertension controlled. The data, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, suggest health insurance status is an important contributing factor. The new study supports previous research and provides important public health information, said SCAI past president Dr. Steven Bailey. "The Hispanic population in terms of care, care delivery and access to care varies so much within the United States that it becomes important to understand what that looks like," Bailey said.

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