At SANSAR, we understand the value of being involved in research at every stage of a person's life. Below are a list of our current research initiatives. It is our hope that in the future SANSAR will be able to fund other Canadian investigators, to support and promote a variety of South Asian research initiatives across the country.
Prospective Assessment of Cardiovascular risk and Treatments In Canadians of varying Ethnicity.
South Asians in Canada face higher mortality from cardiovascular disease than European-origin Canadians. They are the largest visible minority in the country, with an estimated population of well over 1 million. Similar patterns of high cardiovascular disease prevalence, morbidity and mortality have been noted amongst South Asians in other countries as well.
The purpose of this study is to assess differences in traditional and newer risk factors for heart disease as well as to compare long-term cardiovascular outcomes (cardiovascular death, non-fatal stroke and coronary revascularization) between South Asians and European Canadians. The PRACTICE Registry began enrolment in 2003 and is following over 850 study participants. Enrolment continues and many participants have completed up to 11 years of follow-up.
Structured Ethnically Sensitive Counseling in High Risk South Asian Patients to Reduce Cardio-Metabolic Risk
Was an interventional, randomized pilot study focusing on ethno-specific educational and counseling support programs for South Asians with a recent acute coronary syndrome. Study subjects were randomized to receive either usual care or the intervention of attendance at small group education/counseling sessions.
Supported by a research grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.