Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of heart attacks.
It develops when plaque builds up in the arteries of the heart.
This can reduce or stop blood supply to the heart, which can lead to chest pain or a heart attack.
CAD leads to death more often in South Asians than in other populations.
Heart disease (also called cardiovascular disease), can include a number of health problems affecting the heart.
SANSAR focuses on the heart problem called coronary artery disease (CAD) because it is the leading cause of heart attacks and is the most common type of heart disease.
CAD occurs when hard plaques build up inside the coronary arteries (the tubes or blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle). Hard plaque is made up of fats and other materials. As the plaque continues to build, there is not enough room for blood to flow properly to the heart muscle.
Not having enough blood supply in an area of the heart can cause chest pain (also known as angina). If an artery gets blocked completely, it can result in a heart attack.
SANSAR focuses on preventing and treating atherosclerosis and CAD, which is the leading cause of heart attacks. The plaque build up mentioned here is preventable and even reversible, if the right actions are taken. At our South Asian Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Clinic, we help to determine the health of your heart, and the risk you are at for developing heart disease. We also give culturally-specific counselling and medical advice, so that you can take action in your own life and reduce your risk.
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EDUCATIONAL SLIDE KIT
SANSAR developed a slide kit to educate healthcare professionals on the growing epidemic of cardiovascular disease and diabetes faced by the South Asian population.