In a “Call to Action” contained in a new scientific statement, the American Heart Association says that more research is needed on cardiovascular disease in Asian-Americans.
“Available research shows that subgroups of Asian-Americans are at increased risk of complications and death from cardiovascular disease; however, Asian-Americans are often studied as a group, which masks the differences within this heterogeneous population,” according to Latha Palaniappan, chair of the AHA committee that wrote the advisory, in an AHA press release. The statement is published in Circulation.
Among the many details included in the statement, the report notes that Asian Indians and Filipinos are at increased risk for coronary disease, while Japanese- and Chinese-Americans are at lower risk for coronary disease but at higher risk for stroke.
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- Asian Indians and Filipinos are at greater risk of coronary heart disease compared to the other subgroups.
- Japanese- and Chinese-Americans have lower rates of coronary heart disease but higher rates of stroke.
- Chinese-Americans have lower rates of peripheral arterial disease, or clotting diseases of the leg arteries, than other groups.