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Evidence summary BITE 21 – Heart attack survival in South Asian and white populations

Who needs to know?

Primary Care, Diabetes and Cardiology Specialist Teams

What have we found?

  • Hospital management of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is equally good and adjusted survival is similar for South Asian and White patients in the UK.

  • Higher coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality in South Asians is due to a higher incidence of CHD in this population.

  • Addressing risk factors, especially diabetes, through prevention, early detection and management is key to tackling premature and high incidence of CHD in the UK South Asian population.