Heart study with a twist

From left, Victor Vapor, Alona Angosta and Jay Tan are conducting a research on how ballroom dancing affects the cardio-vascular health of Filipino-Americans in Las Vegas. Photo By Rey Espina.

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – Here’s a new heart study with a twist: Learn the Twist and know how your heart ticks.

Of course, you can also learn the cha-cha, salsa, rumba, tango and other ballroom dances

And to top it all, it’s free.

The Filipino-American faculty members of the UNLV School of Nursing in Las Vegas is conducting a research, focusing on health, wellness and cultural aspect of Filipinosand Filipino-Americans.Headed by Dr. Alona Angosta, the team includes Dr. Rhigel Jaei Alforque-Tan and Victor Vapor. The study is set for 12 weeks.

Last weekend, the team met shoppers at Seafood City on Maryland Parkway to meet prospective participants of the first-ever study in Las Vegas.
“This will allow us to know more about community and enable us to devise health strategies to prevent heart disease,” said Angosta. “We’d investigate how ballroom dancing can affect blood pressure and decrease heart disease among Filipino-Americans.”
Tan, a professor at UNLV’s School of Nursing, said the research is fully approved and supported by the university.
The project is also supported by KALAHI Philippine Folkloric Ensemble, National Federation of Filipino-American Association, and the Ilocano Association of Nevada.
To qualify for the study, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Filipino-American between 40 and 65 years old and without heart disease.
  • No formal ballroom dance lessons.
  • Do not belong to an exercise program.
  • Not taking heart medications or weight loss supplements.
  • Do not have a medical condition that will prevent you from dancing.

Contact Dr. Alona Angosta at (702) 301-0224 or Dr. Jay Tan at (702) 882-8484.


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