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Monday, July 18, 2011

HEALTH & HEART: New cardiac risk score for South Asians!

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M. DINESH VARMA / The Hindu / CHENNAI, July 16, 2011.

Dr. Seshasayee Narasimhan, Interventional Cardiologist, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Photo: V. Ganesan.
Dr. Seshasayee Narasimhan, Interventional Cardiologist, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Photo: V. Ganesan - The HIndu.

It goes beyond the Framingham model
A newer cardiac risk score that expands on the classic Framingham assessment model could be more relevant for profiling the South Asian population, which has been estimated to be at increased risk of heart disease, Seshasayee Narasimhan, cardiology consultant with the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, has said.

The Framingham tool, if applied as it is, could lead to an underestimation of the risk among South Asians who make up 25 per cent of the global population and also contribute to about 60 per cent of the global cardio-vascular disease burden, Dr. Narasimhan told The Hindu.

The cardiologist, an alumnus of the Stanley Medical College (the 1992 batch), has reviewed epidemiological evidence and built on cardiac risk profiling from various parts of the world to put together a new score that factors in the ethno-genetic traits believed to make South Asians more vulnerable to ischemic heart disease.


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