People from South Asian countries (including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan) are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease compared to people from other parts of the world. This includes anyone who was born in these countries, or who has ancestry from these countries but live in other parts of the world.
The traditional risk factors for heart disease are: cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and having an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. These risk factors are important in all populations, including South Asians.
However, even accounting for these traditional risk factors, South Asians remain at higher risk for developing heart disease and death due to heart disease. The mechanisms behind this are not completely understood. Researchers are currently trying to better understand why this is the case.
How can we lower this risk in South Asians?
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 SANSAR - Burgundy Young Investigator Award: Dr. Maneesh Sud.
Research Study: Recalibration of the Framingham and Pooled Cohort Risk Equations in a Canadian Cohort:The Impact of South Asian Ethnicity on Model Performance.
The 2018 and 2019 YIA awards will be presented at SANSAR’s 5th annual fundraising gala on June 7, 2019 at Paramount EventSpace.
EDUCATIONAL SLIDE KIT
SANSAR developed a slide kit to educate healthcare professionals on the growing epidemic of cardiovascular disease and diabetes faced by the South Asian population.
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