Higher Heart Disease Risk For Chinese Australians

18:47' 19-10-2017
Australian Chinese aged over 45 may be at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), leading to heart attack or stroke, because of particular health and lifestyle factors in their community.

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    According to NPS MedicineWise, this finding is based on the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study of a quarter of a million NSW men and women aged over 45. 

    Australians of Chinese background show a lower prevalence of excess weight and obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol, all factors increasing CVD risk, compared to non-Chinese Australians.

    However, they show a higher prevalence of other factors posing a heart attack or stroke risk. They have a 25% higher prevalence of diabetes, a 22% higher prevalence of smoking, and a 45% higher prevalence of physical inactivity in that age group.

    “This research highlights the need for members of the Chinese Australian community to visit their GPs to find out their heart and stroke risk scores,” says NPS MedicineWise Medical Adviser Jeannie Yoo.

    The risk score will determine whether you need to make lifestyle changes, such as:

    • Quitting smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke.
    • Doing at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day.
    • Lowering salt intake in your diet.
    • Eating a variety of foods including vegetables, wholegrains, lean meats, oily fish, fruit, low fat dairy, vegetable/seed oils, nuts, seeds and legumes.
    • Taking prescribed medicines as directed by a doctor.

    With CVD Australia’s biggest killer, and the number growing, many medical authorities urge all Australians to have their heart health risk checked by a health professional. “Early detection and treatment will result in longevity,” says Dr Leng Tan of Healthpac Medical Centre.

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