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The South Asian Heart Risk Dilemma

heart illustrationHere's another unexpected example of health disparities among racial groups, courtesy of the New York Times. South Asians, notes cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar, account for more than half of the world’s cardiac patients.

In India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, heart disease is the leading cause of death. South Asian immigrants to the United States develop earlier and more malignant heart disease and have higher death rates than any other major ethnic group in this country.

Why? For now the answer is, Who knows? Traditional cardiac risk models, developed by studying mostly white Americans, don't necessarily reveal the roots of disease in ethnic communities.

For a deeper explanation — and a preview of a study that may provide answers — see Jauhar's piece, The Heart Disease Conundrum.

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