Individuals of South Asian origin (from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan) face a higher burden of heart disease and diabetes compared to other ethnic groups:
South Asians have twice the risk for developing coronary artery disease (CAD) compared to Caucasians.
They also face 40% higher mortality due to CAD than white Caucasians.
50% of all heart attacks in Indian men occur under 50 years of age, and 25% of all heart attacks happen under 40 years of age. This is 10-15 years earlier than people from other parts of the world.
India accounts for approximately 60% of the world's heart disease burden, even though it holds less than 20% of the world's population.
This is where SANSAR, the South Asian Network Supporting Awareness and Research, comes in. SANSAR has been working with the South Asian community since 2009 to promote cardiovascular health through education, community awareness and research.