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Indians have the highest rate of heart disease, claims study
Press Trust of India
Silicon Valley, July 29
Indians around the globe have the highest rate of heart disease, usually two to three times higher than Americans, Europeans, Chinese and Japanese, according to a study.
Researchers have determined that Indo-Americans face a higher risk of heart disease despite the fact that nearly half of them are vegetarians and lack many of the disease's other traditional risk factors, a Berkeley study released on Saturday said.
Among those younger than 30, the Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) mortality among Indians is three-fold higher than the whites in the UK and ten-fold higher than the Chinese in Singapore, the study said.
About 25 per cent of heart attacks among men of Indian descent occur when they are younger than 40, unheard of in other populations, reported San Jose Mercury News.
A research carried out in the UK years ago began to suggest a genetic link, but there had been little push for early screening in the US Indo-American community, with relatively few education campaigns.
"Most physicians trained in the US are not aware that their Asian-Indian patients are at risk," said Dr Susan Ivey, of the University of California-Berkeley Center for Family and Community Health, which spearheaded the new study.
Advocating the need for early and unconventional approaches for prevention and treatment, Dr H Robert Superko, of Berkeley HeartLab, said, "Just being of Indian descent places you at a higher risk for heart disease."