Margaret Pichardo

Graduate Trainee, Yale University

1 active project

CVD Risk Factor Profiles

The purpose of this research effort is to explore cardiovascular risk factor profiles among diverse racial ethnic groups within the All of Us sample. Hypothesis is that Latinos will have a worse cardiovascular risk factor profile compared to other racial…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

The purpose of this research effort is to explore cardiovascular risk factor profiles among diverse racial ethnic groups within the All of Us sample. Hypothesis is that Latinos will have a worse cardiovascular risk factor profile compared to other racial ethnic groups. These findings would be important from a public health perspective because they will identify which racial ethnic groups are in greatest need of clinical and public health interventions to control the risk factors.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Disease Focused Research (Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors)

Scientific Approaches

We will analyze the frequency of traditional cardiovascular risk factors, defined as serum cholesterol >240 mg/dL or taking cholesterol lowering medication; systolic blood pressure >140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure >90 mmHg or taking antihypertensive medication; current cigarette smoking; body mass index >30.0 kg/m2; diabetes mellitus; and ECG abnormalities. We will create risk scores for each of the diverse racial ethnic groups by counting the risk factors within each group and then make comparisons to test our hypothesis.

Anticipated Findings

We anticipate that Hispanics will have a worse cardiovascular risk profile in comparison to other racial ethnic groups and we will identify those risk factors that are of greatest importance to that particular racial ethnic group. This will inform both clinical and public health practitioners on which populations in which risk factors are of greatest importance in their community.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Geography
  • Education Level
  • Income Level

Research Team

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Collaborators:

  • Umesh Narayan - Project Personnel, San Diego State University
  • Tania Pena Ortiz - Undergraduate Student, New York University
  • Eric Hyde - Graduate Trainee, University of California, San Diego
  • Linda Salgin - Project Personnel, San Ysidro Health
  • Catherine Pichardo - Graduate Trainee, University of Illinois at Chicago
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