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Asian Americans Likely to Have More Severe Strokes

Asian Americans Likely to Have More Severe Strokes

There are about 3.4 million people who identify as South Asians in the United States including immigrants from India and surrounding countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Through a study done at Rush University Medical Center, it is reported that these individuals are increasingly prone to die of heart conditions such as heart attacks and strokes than other Asian ethnicities in the U.S. The reason behind the high rate of atherosclerosis, which is plaque build-up in the arteries that cause them to become narrow and hardened, are poor diet and the lack of exercise. Daily diets in South Asian culture contains saturated fats from oils and refined carbohydrates. Despite this unhealthy palate, it is reported that 51% of the participants did not believe exercise was vital in diminishing and preventing heart disease. These statistics are important as they should help redefine certain aspects of thinking when it comes to living longer and healthier lives.



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