If we want to have a chance to improve cardiovascular outcomes in the Latino community, we have to center our efforts on the heads of the families, Latinas. That being said, it is also important to understand that they will take care of everyone around them before attending to their own needs. For the benefit of our community, that has to change.
Women -- who are at higher risk than men for certain dangerous arrhythmias, and subsequent stroke in some cases -- are often told that their palpitations are "just due to anxiety." But even though they can be triggered by anxiety, it is important for doctors to rule out any dangerous arrhythmias before dismissing the palpitations as only the result of worrying.