Too frequently and too early in life, people of South Asian descent in the United States suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and related conditions. Compared to other ethnic groups, they:
- Are four times more likely to have heart disease.
- Experience heart attacks 10 years earlier on average.
- Have a 50 percent higher mortality rate from heart disease.
By 2020, South Asians will make up 25 percent of the world’s population — but 50 percent of deaths from cardiovascular diseases. If you find this as troubling as we do, there is something you can do to help.
A bipartisan group of 42 U.S. representatives is supporting the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act (H.R. 3592). This bill will help save lives by:
- Developing culturally relevant educational tools about heart disease for South Asians.
- Conducting valuable research to understand why South Asians are affected at such a high rate.
- Promoting heart-healthy eating among South Asians.
Research resulting from this bill could benefit all people in this country regardless of ethnicity. In addition to the American Heart Association, several major health groups support the bill, including the American College of Cardiology, American Hospital Association, South Asian Public Health Association and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.
Your help to pass this important legislation can make a difference. We’ve made it easy for you to send an email to your elected officials with just one click.
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