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Burden of Cardio- and Cerebro-vascular Diseases and the Conventional Risk Factors in South Asian Population

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Tanvir Chowdhury Turin ,

Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, CA
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Nahid Shahana,

Department of Anatomy, Bangladesh Medical College, Bangladesh Medical Studies and Research Institute, Dhaka, BD
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Lungten Z. Wangchuk,

Health Research & Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, Thimphu, BT
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Adrian V. Specogna,

Department of Community Health Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, CA
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Mohammad Al Mamun,

Department of Primary Health Care and Preventive Medicine, General Directorate of Health Affairs in Tabuk Region, SA
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Mudassir Azeez Khan,

Department of Community Medicine, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore, IN
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Sohel Reza Choudhury,

Department of Epidemiology and Research, National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, Dhaka, BD
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M. Mostafa Zaman,

Ekhlaspur Center of Health, Matlab North, Chandpur, BD
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Nahid Rumana

Department of Health Science, Shiga University of Medical Science, Otsu City, Shiga, JP
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Abstract

Similar to most populations, South Asian countries are also witnessing the dramatic transitions in health during the last few decades with the major causes of adverse health shifting from a predominance of nutritional deficiencies and infectious diseases to chronic diseases such as cardio and cerebrovascular disease (CVD). We summarized the available information of the burden of CVD and risk factors in the South Asian populations. The prevalence of conventional cardiovascular has been increasing among all South Asian populations. Extensive urbanization, shift in dietary pattern and sedentary daily life style is contributing towards the worsening of the CVD risk factor scenario. The burdens of the chronic cardiovascular risk factors are much prevalent in the South Asian populations. These are also rising alarmingly which ought to influence the already existed heavy CVD burden. Similar to the rest of the world, management for the conventional cardiovascular risk factors is very important for the prevention of CVD in South Asia.

How to Cite: Turin TC, Shahana N, Wangchuk LZ, Specogna AV, Al Mamun M, Khan MA, et al.. Burden of Cardio- and Cerebro-vascular Diseases and the Conventional Risk Factors in South Asian Population. Global Heart. 2013;8(2):121–30. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2012.01.001
Published on 01 Jun 2013.
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