Postgrad Med J 84:518-523 doi:10.1136/pgmj.2007.066381
  • Review

Cardiovascular risk in South Asians

  1. R Ramaraj,
  2. P Chellappa
  1. University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  1. Dr R Ramaraj, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1501 N Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724 USA; drkutty2{at}
  • Received 21 November 2007
  • Accepted 21 July 2008


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become a major clinical and public health problem. South Asian countries, namely India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, not only represent a quarter of the world’s population but also contribute to the highest proportion of CVD burden when compared with any other regions globally. This population carries the increased risk even if they migrate to other countries and have increased mortality due to CVD at a younger age in comparison to the local population. In this review, the risk factors and reasons for the higher rate of CVD in South Asians are discussed.


  • Competing interests: None.

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