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Heart Health in South Asians

Heart Health in South Asians

On May 6, 2018 our SATHI event covered the topic of Heart Health in South Asians. Dr. Pravien Khanna, Cardiologist, Assistant Professor, Rutgers RWJ Medical School shared facts about heart health.

 

According to the Interheart Study, South Asians have the highest proportion of cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to other ethnicities in the world. South Asians are also more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke at a younger age than other ethnicities. In addition, South Asians found with heart disease are more likely to have severe multi-vessel involvement. Epidemiologic studies suggest that South Asians are predisposed to developing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

He pointed out  the recommended lipid values for south asians. He concluded his talk with actionable tips for a healthy heart. These tips are :

 

 

Included in his talk were some useful online resources for south Asians. They included:

CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE AMONG ASIAN INDIANS RESEARCH FOUNDATION
www.cadiresearch.org

THE MASALA STUDY
www.masalastudy.org

SOUTH ASIAN TOTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/community_health/sathi

SOUTH ASIAN HEART CENTER @ EL CAMINO HOSPITAL
www.southasianheartcenter.org

SOUTH ASIAN HEART ATTACK RISK CALCULATOR

www.southasianhealthyliving.com

The session was an eyeopener for many and a reality check for others. For SATHI, it was the realization of the work cut out for us in the months ahead.

About the Grantee

South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

SATHI The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) was established in 2007 at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with the mission to improve health outcomes in South Asians living in the United States. SATHI serves as a platform to engage multidisciplinary professionals such as researchers, health practitioners, public health experts, community-based organizations and community members.