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Smoking, obesity, and diabetes are combining to form a substantial risk for the development of cardiac disease in American Indian populations. Higher prevalence of the above factors in Native American populations than other American ethnic populations is impacting on the incidence of heart disease, stroke, and deaths. However, culturally appropriate methods of treatment are required, incorporating beliefs of local people with sweat lodges and smudging.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
About: Native Americans at significant risk for heart problems
Date: 17 July 2005
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Author: Nancy Kelsey
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