Heart attack rates vary among ethnic groups

31 July 2012

Dr. Nadia Khan (2011 Scholar, 2003 Trainee) and colleagues at St. Paul’s Hospital have found heart attack rates are much higher in British Columbians of South Asian descent than in other ethnic communities.

According to Khan’s research, South Asians younger than 55 are twice as likely as Caucasians to suffer a heart attack and ten times as likely as ethnic Chinese. However, individuals of Chinese descent are significantly more prone to strokes. The findings suggest a need for early screening and increased heart-health education in these communities.