Assessing and Addressing Cardiovascular Health in LGBTQ Adults

Published: October 08, 2020

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  • There is mounting evidence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) adults experience disparities across several cardiovascular risk factors compared to their heterosexual and/or non-transgender peers.
  • Cardiovascular health disparities in LGBTQ people are posited to be driven primarily by exposure to interpersonal and structural stressors (e.g., violence and discriminatory policies) across the lifespan.
  • The objectives of this statement are to: 1) present a conceptual model to elucidate potential mechanisms underlying cardiovascular health disparities in LGBTQ adults, 2) identify research gaps, and 3) provide suggestions for improving cardiovascular research and care of LGBTQ people.