Pakistani Scots at higher risk of heart problems, study finds

22 December 2011

Scottish people of Pakistani origin are 50 per cent more likely to be admitted to hospital for heart problems, a new study has found.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have revealed statistics that Scots from Pakistani heritage are at higher risk of getting chest pain and angina than those of Indian ethnicity.

The group also has higher levels of hospital admissions compared to those from white Scottish backgrounds.

Professor Raj Bhopal, of the university's Centre for Population Health Sciences, said: "Scots have among the highest rates of heart attacks in the world, but we have shown that, among residents of Scotland, those of Pakistani origin followed by those of Indian origin have beaten them."

The findings, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, also showed that people of Chinese origin have the lowest risk of heart complaints.

Prof Bhopal added that other ethnicities could learn from those with Asian heritage to improve their heart health.

According to the British Heart Foundation, cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the UK, including circulatory disease.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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