South Asians’ high risk of cardiovascular disease has been hidden by a lack of data

clogged artery illustrationBy American Heart Association News

South Asians living in the U.S. are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. But this risk has been largely hidden by a lack of data, researchers say.

Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S.

“We’ve realized that South Asians are dying of heart disease a lot earlier than other ethnic groups, and that it’s devastating to their community,” said cardiologist Dr. Annabelle Volgman, who led an expert group that on Thursday published a report on the issue for the American Heart Association in the journal Circulation.

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