Heart attack survival in South Asian and white populations

East MidlandsCardiovascular
Published Date: 1 Mar 2015

Survival following heart attack is similar for South Asian and White patients, when ethnic differences in cardiovascular risk factors are adjusted for.

Who needs to know?

Primary Care, Diabetes and Cardiology Specialist Teams

What have we found?

• Hospital management of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is equally good and adjusted survival is similar for South Asian and White patients in the UK.

• Higher coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in South Asians is due to a higher incidence of CHD in this population.

• Addressing risk factors, especially diabetes, through prevention, early detection and management is key to tackling premature and high incidence of CHD in the UK South Asian population.