A report released today suggests that First Nations people are more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-aboriginal people and they’re more likely to have them at a younger age.
The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) said the heart attack rate in communities with high-First Nation populations was 76 per cent higher than in communities with low-aboriginal populations.
The median age in which a patient suffered a first heart attack was 64 in high-First Nation areas compared with age 71 in other communities, according to information gleaned from health records between 2004 and 2011.
A big challenge in obtaining information about heart attack rates for aboriginal people is that information about patients’ ethnicity is not recorded consistently across the country by hospitals, CIHI said. So instead, the institute did a statistical analysis comparing areas with high-aboriginal and low-aboriginal populations.