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Malignant Coronary Artery Disease in Young Asian Indians: Thoughts on Pathogenesis, Prevention, and Therapy



Malignant Coronary Artery Disease in Young Asian Indians: Thoughts on Pathogenesis, Prevention, and Therapy



Clinical Cardiology 18(3): 131-135



Asian Indians have the highest rates of coronary artery disease (CAD) of any ethnic group studied, despite the fact that nearly half of this group are life-long vegetarians. CAD occurs early in age and generally follows a malignant course. Although the incidence of classic risk factors is low, high triglyceride and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, high lipoprotein(a) levels, hyperinsulinemia, and apple-type obesity all show a substantial prevalence in this population. Aggressive modification of life style beginning before adolescence seems justified in view of the malignant nature of CAD in this population. Pharmacologic intervention similar to that of secondary prevention of CAD seems justified as primary prevention in high-risk Asian Indians.

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DOI: 10.1002/clc.4960180305


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