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Addressing CV Health Disparities in Sexual Minority Individuals: Call for Tailored Interventions

Published: 23 Jun 2023

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Dr Billy A Caceres (Columbia University School of Nursing, US), a renowned expert and lead author, recently discussed findings from the study titled "Differences in Ideal Cardiovascular Health Between Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Adults" published in JAMA Cardiology. The study aimed to determine whether there are disparities in cumulative cardiovascular health (CVH) scores between sexual minority and heterosexual adults.

The researchers conducted a cross-sectional analysis using data from 12,180 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2016. The findings indicated that bisexual females had lower CVH scores compared to heterosexual females. This discrepancy was primarily attributed to factors such as nicotine exposure and higher body mass index. 

These results highlight the need for tailored interventions to improve the cardiovascular health of sexual minority individuals, particularly bisexual females.

Questions:
1.    What is the objective and importance of your research on CVH in sexual minority adults?
2.    How did you control for confounding factors in your study?
3.    How did you measure CVH and what were the key findings for different groups?
4.    What are the reasons for CVH disparities among bisexual females, according to your study?
5.    What are the implications of your findings for clinical practice or public health interventions?
6.    Can you discuss policy or advocacy implications of your research in addressing CVH disparities among sexual minority adults and promoting health equity?

Recorded remotely from New York, 2023. 

Editor: Mirjam Boros
Video Specialist: Dan Brent

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