Health services need to do more to help Samoans at risk of heart disease

Tua Taueetia-Su’a, an experienced practice nurse and primary health organisation researcher, has dedicated the last three and a half years to researching Samoan people’s knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular disease (CVD), its risks, risk assessments, and the reasons behind their decisions to undertake or abstain from making necessary lifestyle changes.

“Cardiovascular disease is prevalent among Samoans, and in fact all Pacific people. For my research, I interviewed 16 Samoan patients and seven practice nurses in the Wellington region about their experiences.”