Identification and Management of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk in South Asian Populations in the U.S.

Anandita Agarwala, Priyanka Satish, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Anurag Mehta, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica, Nilay S. Shah, Alka M. Kanaya, Garima V. Sharma, Dave L. Dixon, Roger S. Blumenthal, Pradeep Natarajan, Khurram Nasir, Salim S. Virani, Jaideep Patel

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South Asians (SAs, individuals with ancestry from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) are among the fastest growing ethnic subgroups in the United States. SAs typically experience a high prevalence of diabetes, abdominal obesity, and hypertension, among other cardiovascular disease risk factors, which are often under recognized and undermanaged. The excess coronary heart disease risk in this growing population must be critically assessed and managed with culturally appropriate preventive services. Accordingly, this scientific document prepared by a multidisciplinary group of clinicians and investigators in cardiology, internal medicine, pharmacy, and SA-centric researchers describes key characteristics of traditional and nontraditional cardiovascular disease risk factors, compares and contrasts available risk assessment tools, discusses the role of blood-based biomarkers and coronary artery calcium to enhance risk assessment and prevention strategies, and provides evidenced-based approaches and interventions that may reduce coronary heart disease disparities in this higher-risk population.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100258
JournalJACC: Advances
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • South Asian
  • diabetes
  • ethnic
  • lipid
  • prevention
  • risk


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