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Acute coronary syndromes among South Asian subgroups in the UK: symptoms and epidemiology

October 2014 Br J Cardiol 2014;21:153–7 doi:10.5837/bjc.2014.033 Online First

Acute coronary syndromes among South Asian subgroups in the UK: symptoms and epidemiology

Simon W Dubrey, Sarah Ghonim, Molly Teoh

Abstract

Introduction Approximately 4.2 million people (7.5% of population), whose racial origins are from South Asia, live in the UK. High rates of coronary disease in Asians,1-4 seem likely to be influenced by genetic factors.5 We have previously reported differences in the presentation of coronary syndromes between British South Asians, as a whole, and white Europeans.6 The term ‘South Asian’ describes around 1.5 billion people (22.5% of the world’s population), occupying regions as diverse as Sri Lanka to Nepal. A wide variety of genotypes, cultures, diets, belief systems, educational attainment, socioeconomic status and risk factors are enc

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