South Asian Heart Disease

Individuals of South Asian descent trace their ancestry back to the peoples of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and neighboring areas. They comprise approximately one-fifth of the world’s population, and despite their varied ancestry they are in general at high risk to develop heart disease earlier in life.

Because typical risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as age, cholesterol level, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking may miss these patients, the identification of appropriate factors is an important direction in developing better standards for the care of South Asian patients. An analysis of access to healthcare, socioeconomic factors, and outcomes after treatment also provides avenues to improve treatment.

Dr. Singh is a recognized leader in understanding the specific cardiovascular risks and management strategies most appropriate for South Asian patients. He has spoken on the subject at national and international conferences. Below, you will find one such key presentation and a relevant review paper summarizing the body of research, as well as a heart-healthy nutritional guidebook for South Asians published by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).