Higher risk coronary artery disease among the south Asians.
Here are the statistics that support that there is a high risk among south Asians for the coronary heart disease.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is a Global Epidemic among South Asians
CAD strikes South Asians at a four-fold rate compared to the general population. This holds true even for lifelong vegetarians who do not smoke and are not of overweight.
10-12% of the South Asian population in urban areas globally and 4% in rural areas are afflicted with this disease.
CAD strikes South Asians at a Younger Age, almost 33% earlier
South Asians in the United States and in urban India suffer heart attacks at an earlier age, often without prior symptoms or warning.
A study among Asian Indian men showed that half of all heart attacks in this population occur under the age of 50 years, and 25% under the age of 40.
CAD strikes South Asians Fatally
More than 30% of deaths from heart attacks in South Asians occur in those younger than 65 years of age, a rate double that of the U.S. national average.
British Heart Foundation statistics show that the death rate from coronary heart disease is 46% higher in South Asian men and 51% higher in South Asian women than the UK population as a whole.
CAD is not Just a Disease for South Asian Men
South Asian women also have one of the highest mortality rates due to CAD. Recent findings from the 1990-2000 California Census data showed that all ethnic minority women were living longer except South Asian women.
Asian Indians have the highest rates of hospitalization in California for CAD. At El Camino Hospital alone, over the past two years, a significant 5% of the patients that walked into the ER with a heart attack were South Asian, while the South Asian population of the area is just over 3%.
About the Author
The mission of the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital is heart disease prevention among South Asians, and save lives, through a comprehensive, culturally-appropriate program incorporating education, advanced screening, lifestyle changes, and case management.
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