The Burden of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in South Asians Residing in Canada: A Reflection From the South Asian Heart Alliance Academic Article uri icon

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  • South Asians (SAs), originating from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan), represent one quarter of the global population and are the largest visible minority in Canada. SAs experience the highest rates of coronary artery disease in Canada. Although conventional cardiovascular risk factors remain predictive in SA, the excess risk is not fully explained by these risk factors alone. Abdominal obesity, metabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance likely contribute a greater risk in SAs than in other populations. The South Asian Heart Alliance has been recently formed to investigate and recommend the best strategies for the prevention of cardiometabolic disease in SAs in Canada. This topic review represents a comprehensive overview of the magnitude of cardiovascular disease in SAs in Canada, with a review of conventional and novel risk markers in the SA population. Both primary and secondary prevention strategies are suggested and when possible, adapted specifically for the SA population. The need for SAs and their healthcare professionals to be more aware of the problem and potential solutions, along with the need for population-specific research, is highlighted.


  • Bainey, Kevin R
  • Gupta, Milan
  • Ali, Imtiaz
  • Bangalore, Sripal
  • Chiu, Maria
  • Kaila, Kendeep
  • Kaul, Padma
  • Khan, Nadia
  • King-Shier, Kathryn M
  • Palaniappan, Latha
  • Pare, Guillaume
  • Ramanathan, Krish
  • Ross, Stephanie
  • Shah, Baiju R

publication date

  • November 2019