Relationship between area mortgage foreclosures, homeownership, and cardiovascular disease risk factors: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos

BMC Public Health. 2019 Jan 17;19(1):77. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6412-2.


Background: The risk of mortgage foreclosure disproportionately burdens Hispanic/Latino populations perpetuating racial disparities in health. In this study, we examined the relationship between area-level mortgage foreclosure risk, homeownership, and the prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors among participants of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

Methods: HCHS/SOL participants were age 18-74 years when recruited from four U.S. metropolitan areas. Mortgage foreclosure risk was obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Homeownership, sociodemographic factors, and cardiovascular disease risk factors were measured at baseline interview between 2008 and 2011. There were 13,856 individuals contributing to the analysis (median age 39 years old, 53% female).

Results: Renters in high foreclosure risk areas had a higher prevalence of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia but no association with smoking status compared to renters in low foreclosure risk areas. Renters were more likely to smoke cigarettes than homeowners.

Conclusion: Among US Hispanic/Latinos in urban cities, area foreclosure and homeownership have implications for risk of cardiovascular disease.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease; Foreclosure; Homeownership; Housing.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bankruptcy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / ethnology*
  • Cities
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data*
  • Housing / economics*
  • Housing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / ethnology
  • Hypertension / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ownership / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult