Future

Research

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The Indian Heart Initiative will focus on the following subset of research needs listed by the American Heart Association, in its statement on ASCVD in South Asians in 2018.

  • Defining specific cut points for waist circumference and BMI that identify increased risks for cardiometabolic disease among Indians

  • Identifying Indian–specific optimal glucose cut points for ASCVD risk

  • Validating/improving ASCVD risk calculators for Indians in the US

  • Identifying high-risk younger Indian patients with efforts toward developing effective preventive (lifestyle and pharmacotherapy) strategies to reduce ASCVD risk

  • Understanding why physical activity and fitness levels are lower among Indians

 

ASCVD indicates atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and BMI, body mass index.