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Heart risk for South Asian Scots

New research claims Scottish nationals descended from families in South Asian countries are significantly more likely to suffer heart attacks then the rest of the population north of the border.

The study found that Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan men and their descendants have a 45% higher chance of having a heart attack compared with the rest of the country.

And scientists at the University of Edinburgh discovered that women are even more vulnerable, as they are 80% more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest.

But the findings suggest the group has more chance of surviving an attack than people from non-Asian countries, as their survival rate is 40% higher.

The report in BMC Public Health offers no definitive reasons for the higher heart attack incidence in Scotland, which is well known for its poor cardiac health.

Their report concludes: "It is worrying that South Asians in Scotland are at greater risk of heart attack than a Scottish population internationally notorious for its susceptibility to heart disease.

"Fortunately, survival after (heart attacks) in South Asians seems to be comparatively good in Scotland, and similar to comparison populations elsewhere.

"Nonetheless, incidence and mortality needs to be driven even lower through better treatment and prevention."

BMC Public Health

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